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China’s Military Purge

China’s Military Purge

China / Modern Military

A recent leak of a U.S. intelligence assessment has brought to light alarming levels of corruption within China’s strategic forces, raising questions about the implications for the nation’s military planning and political stability.

Corruption Undermining Military Effectiveness

The leaked report suggests that corruption has severely compromised the effectiveness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), with potential repercussions for China’s military capabilities. This revelation challenges previously held assumptions about the readiness and reliability of China’s armed forces, particularly concerning any aggressive moves against Taiwan.

Experts Questioning the Impact on Military Planning

While the leak has caused a stir, experts are urging caution in jumping to conclusions. Many acknowledge that the PLA’s corruption issues have been an open secret. However, the extent to which this undermines China’s military planning, especially regarding Taiwan, remains debatable. Analysts argue that President Xi Jinping’s strategy towards Taiwan continues to focus on non-military means, suggesting that the leaked intel may not immediately alter his approach.

Xi’s Anti-Corruption Drive: A Response to the Crisis

In response to the growing crisis, Xi Jinping has reportedly taken drastic measures within the party and military. The dismissal and stripping of immunity of several generals, particularly following a missile stock fiasco, indicates Xi’s commitment to addressing corruption. Or does it really just smell of a move to hold on to power? As we know many a coup finds their genesis within the country’s military! So perhaps Xi is cutting off the chicken’s head, before the chicken can take his power. China’s dictator will likely do what it takes to hold onto a lifetime of power.