Charges have been filed against a former senior military official, Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan, as part of a “far-reaching inquiry under President Xi Jinping, [signaling] his determination to make high-profile examples out of dishonest military figures.” Former Lt. Gen. Gu, who was dismissed from the military to year ago, has been accused of a land development racket, allowing him to accumulate assets worth an estimated several hundred to a few billion dollars. The case against General Gu, has sent shock waves through the military, as President Xi has demanded action to “dredge the soil that produced Gu Junshan.” This includes investigating senior military figures who promoted General Gu. It has been reported the General Gu has given information against other high power military personal.
With other high officials in the Chinese government, such as Zhou Yongkang, facing serious charges it appears that President Xi is coming through with him promise to rid the government of corruption. With making this case public, it could mean that the government is starting to bring its fight against corruption out of the shadows and into the light. If this is true, is could help gain more support for President Xi’s anti-corruption movement and help end claims of brutality in the program.