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Global Military Corruption: China Scored "High-Risk"

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Berlin-based Transparency International held
a press conference on January 29 in Taiwan.
Its latest global index on Government Defense
Anti-Corruption says that China’s army is combating against corruption,
but lacks oversight and a whistleblower system.

The anti-corruption index ranked China
as a high-risk country.

China has the largest active army in the world.

However, in the latest index on Government Defense
Anti-Corruption released by Transparency International (TI), China was ranked high-risk.
Mark Pyman, director of IT’s defense work in the UK,
said that China’s military does not allow the level of scrutiny required to ensure an anti-graft campaign is succeeding.
“It has very little oversight of a defense and armed forces
policy and no effective whistleblower system,” Agence France-Presse reported.

What has caused the corruption in China’s army?

Political commentator Wu Fan: “China’s army, firstly,
is not a national defense force.
Rather, it serves the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The CCP in itself is a leading corruption group in the world,
so naturally, the army under its leadership is not immune.
Especially those senior army officers, most of them are
princelings, or princelings’ parents, children of CCP veterans, or of CCP top-level officials.
These veterans and senior officials are corrupt,

how could their children and relatives be immune
when becoming army generals?”

Kevin Yeh, director of TI’s Taiwan Division, told the media
that Mainland China’s military is a closed system.
The military and the CCP have more power than
the executive branch of government.
And even worse, China has no an effective watchdog
agency to serve as anti-graft.
Under the existing mechanism, anti-graft is only an internal
self-control, and along with the army’s high opacity,
all these easily breed corruption, according to Kevin Yeh.

Wu Fan: “Second, China’s army is very enclosed.

It’s a law-free zone, only governed by CCP’s military
commission, so it’s a standalone force.
Each year, the military expenditure has soared,
the majority were pocketed by those military commission officials.
They’re much more corrupt than those officials
at local authorities and local Party committees.”

Reportedly, the People’s Liberation Army
has 2.3 million personnel.
The CCP official data on defense spending in 2012
has increased by 11.2%, to 670 billion yuan.

Wu Fan: “After the first Iraq war, the CCP began
to pump capital into the military.
The annual growth in military expenditure exceeds 10%.

Most of their newly developed weapons are counterfeit,
copied or stolen technologies from other countries, with very few being self-developed.
It’ll take at least five to ten years before its newly
manufactured weapons act as real combat power.”

Wu Fan adds that China’s army has weak fighting capacity.

This is because that army officers bought their posts,
money paves the way for their promotions.

Since taking office two months ago, Xi Jinping
has touted combating against corruption six times.
Meanwhile, the authorities repeatedly display domestically
produced weapons, indicating more possible national defense investments.

TI’s report states that China lacks private military
defense contractors,
which means less competition and
susceptibility to corruption. And,
“the centralized structure of the Chinese state apparatus
caused the defense sector to be more prone to corruption.”

Liu Yinquan (Chair, Social Democratic Party of China):
“China’s nationwide corruption started during the reign of Jiang Zemin.
By currying favor with Jiang, some military chiefs got
promotions, who actually followed and worked for Jiang.
And Jiang protected their corruption,
this caused unchecked corruption in the entire army.”

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily comments that Xi Jinping raised
the public expectation on the authorities’ anti-corruption.
But under the one-party rule,
its power is impossible to be curbed.
The article remarks that after every anti-graft drive
staged in the past, corruption became even more severe.
That gave rise to more sharp clashes
between the regime and the public.

The latest Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index
scored a total of 82 countries.
Australia and Germany topped the list, some African nations
including Angola, Cameroon and Egypt were ranked lowest.

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When Pol Pot Was Asked: "Are You Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity & Are You Sorry?" (2001)

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Nate Thayer (born April 21, 1960) is an American freelance journalist, whose journalism has focused on international organized crime, narcotics trafficking, human rights, and areas of military conflict. He is notable for having interviewed Pol Pot, in his capacity as Cambodia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review. Thayer has written for Jane’s Defence Weekly, Soldier of Fortune, Associated Press and for more than 40 other publications, including The Cambodia Daily and The Phnom Penh Post.

Thayer began his career in Southeast Asia on the Thai-Cambodian border, taking part in an academic research project in which he interviewed 50 Cham survivors of Khmer Rouge atrocities at Nong Samet Refugee Camp in 1984. He then returned to Massachusetts where he worked briefly as the Transportation Director for the state Office of Handicapped Affairs. Thayer himself noted, “I got fired. I was a really bad bureaucrat.”

He later worked for Soldier of Fortune magazine reporting on guerrilla combat in Burma, and in 1989 he began reporting for the Associated Press from the Thai-Cambodian border. In October 1989, Thayer was nearly killed when an anti-tank mine exploded under a truck he was riding in. In 1991 he moved to Cambodia where he began writing for the Far Eastern Economic Review.

In August 1992 Thayer traveled to Mondulkiri Province and visited the last of the FULRO Montagnard guerrillas who had remained loyal to their former American commanders. Thayer informed the group that FULRO’s president Y Bham Enuol had been executed by the Khmer Rouge seventeen years previously. The FULRO troops surrendered their weapons in October 1992; many of this group were given asylum in the United States.

In April 1994 Thayer participated in (and funded) the Cambodian Kouprey Research Project, a $30,000, two-week, 150 km field survey to find the rare Cambodian bovine known as the kouprey. Thayer later wrote: “After compiling a team of expert jungle trackers, scientists, security troops, elephant mahouts and one of the most motley and ridiculous looking groups of armed journalists in recent memory, we marched cluelessly into Khmer Rouge-controlled jungles along the old Ho Chi Minh trail.”

On July 3, 1994 Thayer was asked help negotiate Prince Norodom Chakrapong’s release and safe passage to the airport after the prince had been accused by Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh of plotting a coup d’état. Thayer was subsequently expelled from Cambodia by Prince Ranariddh, but he returned anyway.

In early 1997 he was again expelled from Cambodia for exposing connections between Prime Minister Hun Sen and heroin traffickers. Thayer then decided to pursue a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He was a visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

In July 1997, Nate Thayer and Asiaworks Television cameraman David McKaige visited the Anlong Veng Khmer Rouge jungle camp inside Cambodia where Pol Pot was being tried for treason. Thayer had hoped for an interview but was disappointed:

Pol Pot said nothing. They made it clear and I believed them, that I was to interview Pol Pot after the trial. Pol Pot literally had to be carried away from the trial—he was unable to walk—and I was not able to talk to him. I did try to talk to him… he did not answer any questions, and he did not speak during the trial.

Thayer believed that the trial had been staged by the Khmer Rouge for him and McKaige:

“It was put on specifically for us, to take the message to the world that Pol Pot has been denounced. They had reported on their radio, on June 19, that Pol Pot had been purged. No one believed them. After five years of lying over their radio, there was no reason anyone should take what they say credibly. It was clear to them that they needed an independent, credible witness to show what was happening.”

In October 1997, Thayer returned to Anlong Veng and became only the second western journalist (after Elizabeth Becker in 1978) ever to be granted an interview with the former dictator and, along with McKaige, was certainly the last outsider to see him alive. Thayer recounted the story of his interview with Pol Pot in his unpublished book Sympathy for the Devil: Living Dangerously in Cambodia – A Foreign Correspondent’s Story.

Thayer visited Anlong Veng again on April 16, 1998, only a day after Pol Pot had died. After photographing the corpse he briefly interviewed Ta Mok and Pol Pot’s second wife Muon. Thayer was then asked to transport Pol Pot’s body in his pickup truck to the site a short distance away where it was later cremated.

Thayer claims that Pol Pot committed suicide by drinking poison because of his belief that the Khmer Rouge were planning to “hand him over to the Americans”.

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