A SENIOR official urged the military to strengthen political indoctrination in the army in the face of ''new problems emerging under a market economy'', mainland newspapers reported yesterday. General Liu Huaqing, a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, indicated ideological and political work was an essential part of the military training of the People's Liberation Army. Speaking during a tour of the Guangzhou Military Zone this week, he said military training must be taken as a central task in the face of problems such as corruption and money-worship. ''This [military training] is the key to determine whether the army can perform the function of safeguarding national security. Any deviation from this central duty will lead to historic errors. ''Military commanders and political leaders must concentrate their efforts on training,'' he said. General Liu, who is also a Politburo Standing Committee member, underscored the importance of setting up a remuneration scheme in the training programme. The results of military training and the promotion of officers should be linked, he said. Whether leading officers were able to improve military training and supervise the modernised troops should become a major criteria in their assessment for promotion. He said routine political and ideological training must be stepped up. He warned against relying too much on the improvement of military equipment, adding military training should not be relaxed awaiting the upgrading of fighting equipment. Defence Minister General Chi Haotian ordered a tightening of political control over the army and respect for government orders.