Jiang Zemin

Farewell to arms

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 July, 1998, 12:00am


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PRESIDENT Jiang Zemin on Wednesday ordered the People's Liberation Army to quit its sprawling business empire as the government seeks to end rampant smuggling and corruption. The move is unlikely to bring about the demise of the sprawling military-business complex. The most probable outcome will simply be a greater separation of ties between army businesses and the military establishment. The PLA has been engaged in commerce since the mid-1980s.