China to adopt new military incentive guideline

Move, which will go into effect on August 1, seen as part of Xi's efforts to encourage a skilled and corruption-free armed forces

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 July, 2014, 1:35pm
UPDATED : Monday, 28 July, 2014, 7:13pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged more incentives to sharpen military combat capacity and called on fewer accolades for administrative organs and officials.

The new incentive guideline, which will come into force on Army Day, which falls on August 1, is “set to increase combating capacity”, according to state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

It will encourage more awards to combat units as well as those who are able to “gain the battle” and “undertake major operations”, according to CCTV.

The awards to military cadres and units should be “significantly cut”, the guideline said.

This is the first comprehensive guideline for military honours, as previous incentives were regulated in different military directives, CCTV said.

The guideline was announced after the Communist Party expelled its former vice president of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Xu Caihou, who was accused of taking money and property in exchange for promotions and favours in late June, possibly the biggest scandal to rock China’s military system.

Xi, who is also the chairman of CMC, has been seeking to groom a new generation of military leaders who are better trained to fight against graft.

Earlier this month, Xi promoted at least 27 officers – most of them relatively young with several having trained with the Russian military – to the rank of lieutenant general.

He also promoted several officers – all from elite battle force units – in military command areas of Lanzhou and Guangzhou, as well as in the northern and eastern fleets, a signal many military analysts see as Xi’s effort to foster a skilled and corruption-free military.

The guideline was drafted by General Staff Department, General Political Department, General Logistics Department and General Armaments Department, the four chief organs under the CMC.