Blame the father for the sins of the son, Chinese general says

A retired senior People′s Liberation Army officer blamed a father for the sins of the son yesterday, pointing the finger at the military′s former No 2 general, Guo Boxiong, for the alleged corruption of Guo Zhenggang.

"Parents are the first teachers. It′s hard for the parents to shrug off the blame if their child was not taught well enough," Liu Jian, a retired major general and a grandson of Communist Party pioneer Marshal Zhu De was quoted as saying by a Communist Youth League-affiliated news website.

State media reported last week that Guo Zhenggang, 45, the newly promoted deputy political commissar of the Zhejiang Provincial Military Command, was one of 14 senior officers under investigation for "violations of the law" - a euphemism for corruption.

"As the saying goes, ′father and son go into battle together′. The kinship between father and son can easily form into fighting power," Liu, who is also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People′s Political Consultative Conference, was quoted as saying. "I don′t see any harm if the child serves the army when his father is also in service … However, it is wrong if he uses his power to profit himself or others."

Rumours have been circulating that the investigation might not stop at Guo Zhenggang, and several state media outlets have indicated that bigger "tigers" in the military might be netted.

Former Central Military Commission vice-chairman Guo Boxiong was named last week by Global Times, a tabloid affiliated with party mouthpiece People′s Daily, in its report on the investigation into his son, suggesting the elder Guo might also be in trouble.

It is rare, if not unprecedented, on the mainland to name a senior leader in relation to a family member′s criminal case if they are not personally involved.

The probe into Guo comes four months after one of China′s most senior former military officers, Xu Caihou , confessed to taking "massive" bribes in exchange for help in promotions. Xu and Guo Boxiong were both commission vice-chairmen when former president Hu Jintao was its chief.

Details also emerged yesterday of Xu′s alleged corruption when a retired major general, Yang Chunchang , who said he was a former aide to Xu, told Phoenix Television how Xu offered official positions in the military in return for bribes.

"This is the way he [Xu] chose and used people: number one was the amount of money [offered as bribes], number two, their guanxi, or connections; number three, their personal bond," Yang said.

"Someone offered him 10 million [yuan] for a post as the commander of a military region but he refused him after he received 20 million from another person.

"[He] also took the real power from the then CMC leader."

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