- Members of China’s military have long used their positions to enrich themselves
- Endemic corruption has hindered the PLA’s combat readiness
- President Xi Jinping’s has launched an unprecedented crackdown on corruption in the Chinses military
- The thorough change has allowed him to consolidate his power over the PLA
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was, until recently, held up as a paragon of virtue in China, but that changed when President Xi Jinping came to power. By 2016, his anti-graft campaign had resulted in 46 senior military officers facing corruption charges. The campaign shows no sign of stopping. The result will be a massive restructuring of the military, designed to weaken generals and increase President Xi’s personal power base.