According to FT, a senior Chinese military officer has been removed from his post and is being investigated for alleged corruption in what insiders see as the fallout of a power struggle in the military ahead of the country’s upcoming leadership transition. Two military sources confirmed rumours that had been circulating on Chinese online media that Lieutenant General Gu Junshan, deputy head of the General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army, was detained over lunar new year.
Gu Junshan had been minister of infrastructure department at the CCP PLA’s General Logistics Department – a unit responsible for constructing camps for the entire army and for the acquisition and replacement of military land. Gu Junshan (picture below) was reported to have earned huge profit from land transfers. The PLA lieutenant general was said to have sold Shanghai-downtown military land for RMB 2 billion per acre. The land valuation suggested RMB 20 million per acre; all profit above that figure fell into the general’s own pocket. It seems like he did the same deal in over a dozen provinces across China.
Gu was said to always take a private plane when going out.
Gu Junshan had personally given out 400 high-grade buildings to senior army retirees as gifts. According to political commentators, Gu used bribery to build a political circle of powerful patrons.
Here is the news video by NDTV: