The military is set to begin a one-year long audit covering all levels of the armed forces as the central government continues its efforts to crack down on corruption within the military.
    
The Central Military Commission (CMC), chaired by President Xi Jinping, the highest body of the armed forces, has recently announced its plan to conduct an investigation of all military personnel's income and expenses during 2013 and 2014.

The audit of the world's largest standing army came amid the biggest anti-graft crackdown in which more than 200 senior PLA officers have been reprimanded, demoted or removed from their posts for problems exposed by military auditors.
    
Last year, 15 high-ranking officers including Xu Caihou, former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Gu Junshan, former deputy head of the PLA General Logistics Department, were placed under probe on suspicion of graft.
    
The crackdown within the military was also aimed at weeding out the officers loyal to the disgraced Communist Party leaders, Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai.
    
While Zhou is facing investigations, Bo was sentenced to life in 2013 for various charges including corruption and abuse of power.
    
Recent official reports said a total of 4,024 officers with the rank of lieutenant colonel or above, including 82 generals, have been the subject of scrutiny by PLA auditors since January 2013. Of these, 21 were removed from their posts, 144 were demoted and 77 reprimanded and asked to correct the problems that were discovered.
    
Another 61 officers were given poor evaluations because their units were found to have many financial problems.
    
Also more than 820 such problems at 180 military units were uncovered by auditors, who focused on infrastructure construction projects and the development of major weapons.
        
China's annual military spending is over USD 132 billion.

 

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