PRESIDENT Jiang Zemin has warned his political foes in the Army to stop conspiring to undermine his supremacy. The message is contained in commentaries run on five consecutive days on the front page of the People's Liberation Army Daily. These articles have elevated the instructions of Mr Jiang, also Chairman of the Central Military Commission, to the same level as Chairman Mao and Deng Xiaoping. Yesterday, the Daily ran a tough commentary on the need to 'further boost political discipline'. 'In our party, we resolutely do not allow special figures who stay above party organisation and party discipline and who do not accept supervision,' the newspaper said. 'For example, some comrades do not concentrate on studies and work. 'They are very enthusiastic about calling on each other, seeking out hearsay, taking in and spreading rumours.' The paper called on all officers and soldiers to give unconditional support to the party and army leadership with Mr Jiang as its core, adding total devotion was necessary in the areas of 'politics, ideology and action'. Western military analysts said Mr Jiang was targeting People's Liberation Army officers who had failed to profess their support for his leadership. These unnamed officers had formed cabals and other organisations to promote political goals outside those prescribed by the President. Mr Jiang's status has been consolidated in the wake of a major reshuffle last month of the military commission's personnel. But the analysts said the fact the President needed to generate propaganda for himself showed up weak links in his leadership. The five commentaries saluted the commission Chairman for having coined the 'absolutely correct' slogan: that the Army must be 'qualified politically, competent militarily, have a fine style of work, maintain strict discipline and guarantee adequate logistical support'. They pointed out that of the five requirements, 'to be qualified politically' was the most important. The articles made it clear that the best political qualification was support for Mr Jiang. In a commentary at the weekend, the newspaper also revived Maoist doctrines about class struggle and the 'supremacy of politics'. 'Economics cannot substitute politics, and economic construction requires political guarantees,' the commentary said, adding that only the Army was in a position to provide such guarantees. The paper also indicated the Army was the country's best defence against efforts by so-called hostile foreign forces to 'Westernise' the country. 'The Army is a militarised group for carrying out [the party's] political tasks, and an armed struggle is the highest form of political struggle,' it said.