Chairman Mao's grandson: Anti-graft campaign is big test

By Zhang Rui
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Major General Mao Xinyu, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairman Mao Zedong's grandson, talks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2015.[Photo: Zhang Rui /]

Chairman Mao Zedong's grandson said on Tuesday in Beijing that the anti-graft campaign in the Chinese military is an important test of the ability of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to advance.

Mao Xinyu, 45, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a major general in the People's Liberation Army, is now a senior researcher at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences.

"We firmly support the decisions by the Central Military Commission and the CPC Central Committee," he told "The anti-graft campaign in the military complies with the aspirations of the people and accords with the Party and the army's essential nature. We have to severely punish corrupt officers and actually implement these values to train modern soldiers."

He added, "This is an important test of the Party's ability to maintain its progressiveness and its mission of serving the people."

A list of names of generals who have been investigated or convicted was released just before the third session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top political advisory body, which opened Tuesday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The list named 14 senior officers from several military bases including those in Chengdu, Shenyang, Shanxi, Hubei and Guangzhou as well members of the navy, air force, second artillery corps, the PLA General Staff Headquarters, the National Defense University and the Academy of Military Sciences.

This is the second time that the PLA has publicized the names of corrupt figures "in bulk." On Jan. 15, the PLA announced that 16 senior military officials were put under investigation for corruption in 2014, including former Central Military Commission vice chairman Xu Caihou.

Mao declined to comment on whether there are "bigger corrupt figures" within the 2.3 million strong armed forces.

As for a military parade that is being planned in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism, Mao said the anti-fascism anniversary has universal value and indicates that evil has been overcome by justice. "China was a very important ally against fascism in the anti-fascism war, so the anniversary is very significant and meaningful."

Mao Xinyu also plans to present two proposals related to China's national energy policies and ecological agriculture at this year's session of the CPPCC.

A total of 2,153 members of the CPPCC National Committee will discuss major issues concerning the country's development during the annual session.

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