There are good reasons for this: The army has too many alcoholics and their presence has severely affected the combat capability of the world’s largest military.
According to the PLA Daily, the official military newspaper, one of several examples of excessive alcohol use is a report about an airborne division that spent about half of its “reception fees” on booze. “Reception fees” is Chinese government jargon for expenditures on entertainment, banquets, lodging and transportation, international protocol and related amenities.
Another example: A review of an armored division’s physical fitness found a high rate of alcohol-related high blood pressure and liver disease among its troops.
A perennial alcohol-related problem is the practice of lower-ranking officers making seemingly unending toasts to their superiors with high alcohol-content liquor during frequent banquets. The toasts produce a prolonged state of alcohol-induced stupor among many senior officers.
Several high-ranking officers were sacked for corruption often associated with alcohol abuse, including Vice Adm. Wang Shouye, the former deputy navy chief; and Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan, the former deputy commander of the General Logistics Department, one of the military’s most powerful units.
China's military-industrial complex also has a special link to alcohol production: Maotai is one of China’s most prestigious and potent liquor brands, and reportedly is produced by a “jointly constructed” company whose partners include all seven regional military commands.
S. Korea detains 22 Chinese fishing BOATS
South Korean authorities retaliated with an intensified crackdown on Chinese fishing vessels.
From Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, South Korean maritime police detained 22 Chinese fishing vessels and chased away another 32, according to South Korean news accounts.
China and South Korea frequently clash over fishing rights and maritime claims. The key issue is China’s refusal to recognize any meaningful exclusive zone demarcations in the narrow waters between China and the Korean Peninsula. South Korea insists there are clearly defined lines based on international legal regimes and maritime laws.View Entire Story
Miles Yu’s column appears Thursdays. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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