The Chinese regime’s Central Military Commission (CMC) is planning to launch a comprehensive audit of its military spending from 2013 to 2014, the Ministry of National Defense announced.
Under direct orders of regime leader and chair of the CMC, Xi Jinping, the CMC General Office will inspect all revenue and expenditures for that year. All military projects’ funding and capital flow, including expenditure vouchers, receipts, and extra-budgetary funds will be audited. The aim is to discover any instances of corruption, such as impersonations, misappropriated funds, false invoices, and so on.
The first meeting of the military finance audit team, headed by Zhao Keshi, was hosted on Feb. 10, the Ministry of National Defense reported.
The planned audit of military spending is an upgrade of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign in China’s military. In January Xi said that military officers are strictly prohibited from taking any gray income. Also in January, a list of 16 military generals who were purged from the military in 2014 due to corruption was made public.
Xi’s anti-graft campaign focusing on the military started to grow more intensely in November last year, when Xi issued an order to have the CMC directly manage the Army Audit Commission. Any report received by the audit commission goes directly to Xi Jinping.