Skip to comments.China tells military to ignore rumors, obey party
Posted on 04/05/2012 10:51:56 PM PDT by Olog-hai
China's top military newspaper told troops on Friday to ignore rumors on the Internet and steel themselves for "ideological struggle" as the ruling Communist Party faces a leadership transition, in a sign of jitters in Beijing.
The Liberation Army Daily did not mention outlandish rumors of a foiled coup in Beijing that spread on the Internet in past weeks, after the abrupt ousting of Bo Xilai, an ambitious contender for a spot in the new central leadership to be unveiled at a party congress later this year.
A front-page commentary in the newspaper, however, left no doubt the party leadership wants to inoculate People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops against rumors that could corrode the authority of President Hu Jintao, who also serves as head of the party and chairman of the Central Military Commission, which commands the PLA.
The paper admonished soldiers to "resolutely resist the incursion of all kinds of erroneous ideas, not be disturbed by noise, not be affected by rumors, and not be drawn by undercurrents, and ensure that at all times and under all circumstances the military absolutely obeys the command of the Party central leadership, the Central Military Commission and Chairman Hu."
In late March, authorities shut 16 Chinese websites and detained six people accused of spreading rumors about unusual military movements and security in the capital, feeding talk of an attempted coup or schism in the leadership.
The rumors fed on speculation about the ousting of Bo, who in mid-March was removed as party boss of Chongqing city in southwest China, over a month after his vice mayor, Wang Lijun, fled to a U.S. consulate, triggering a scandal exposing accusations of infighting and abuses of power.
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Where there is smoke, there’s fire.
Not necessarily, in Texas.
Sometimes, where there is smoke there IS a wildfire in the forest or grasslands.
BUT sometimes, there is BBQ!
Communist Parties, leftists in general, have an instinctive distrust of regular military forces because they have they have a clear chain of command and control that can never be completely under party control if it is to be useful.
Why would they want to have an e-bay party? Oh never mind.