12 Oct 2017/Thursday
Do you know that, selling Fake Army’s Badges of Ranks can be a profitable business in China. On China’s largest online shopping website taobao.Com, people can easily get fake or second-hand military goods, imitation guns and uniforms with prices varying from 14 yuan to 3,000 yuan.
President Xi Jin Ping’s Anti-Corruption Campaign unearthed huge profit made by senior officers of the PLA by selling fake badges of ranks. The fake military ID scandal came amid massive anti-graft crackdown, in which over 40 top ranking generals and 13,000 other personnel have been punished. Those punished included General Guo Boxiong and General Xu Caihou who served as Vice Chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the PLA high command headed by President Xi. They were accused of selling top posts of the military to highest bidder.
Guo was sentenced to life imprisonment in July last year and Xu died of cancer at the age of 72 in 2015, while in custody and under investigation for graft. In August 2016, a 46-year-old man was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison for scamming 3.24 million yuan by pretending to be a soldier, the report said.
Over 270 people have been arrested in China for selling fake military IDs, including those of generals, for as much as 15 million yuan (USD 2.28 million). The arrests were made after an investigation uncovered 15,000 pieces of false military equipment, including imitation guns, uniforms, logos and other items that were labelled “military use only,” state-run Beijing News reported.
It is widely believed in China that, these Statistics have been intentionally released in media by Chinese authorities before the 19th Plenary Session of the Congress to spread a fear among the detractors of President Xi.