China’s military corruption problem

August 19, 2014

China’s military is by far the largest in Asia. Reuters Ben Blanchart and Megha Rajagopalan report that despite its budget being second only to the United States, “serving and retired Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.” Reuters Graphics charts China’s military might compared to its neighbors:



But many domestic critics says those numbers paint a misleading picture of China’a actual ability to fight wars. “What worries some generals and other Chinese experts is that the buying and selling of senior jobs – long an open secret in China – has led to those with talent being cast aside,” Blanchard and Rajagopalan write. This bribery then leads to more corruption, because “for officers who pay bribes to be promoted, corruption is a way to make a return on their investment.”

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