Military recruiter turns down woman who refused to pay 100,000 yuan bribe

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 12:57pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 January, 2013, 2:06pm

A woman in China’s central Henan province said she was asked to pay a 100,000 yuan (HK$123,000) bribe when volunteering to do military service in 2012, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Thursday.

The military recruiters reversed their decision to accept her after Wang Qian, a resident in Shangqiu city, failed to pay them the money, the report said.

Wang later exposed this in an online post, headlined: “Public sales of placement in military service at sky high price, who should be held responsible?”

The post was picked up by reporters before it was quickly deleted from China’s online forums .

Wang said that after receiving a letter of admission from the military she was told by a recruiter: “others have paid 180,000 and 140,000 yuan, so you should at least pay 100,000,” said the report.

A military spokeman in Henan denied the allegations. They explained that Wang was rejected because her family had a history of business disputes.

“It is difficult for us to manage and influence our soldiers in a negative way,” the spokesman said.

Doing military service has been popular among young people in China’s rural areas. They usually have limited resources and fewer education opportunities compared with their peers in cities.

Many believe military service is a valuable exprience and will improve their chances of getting a better job later. 

 The People's Liberation Army has recently launched a campaign against waste and corruption after Communist Party chief Xi Jinping's call for cutbacks to pomp and ceremony.