Saibal Dasgupta, TNN
BEIJING: The PLA Daily – Chinese People’sLiberation ArmyÂ newspaper – on Tuesday suggested that the ruling Communist Party’s militarylinked members could step in to ensure discipline in the party “if some members try to stray from the line”.
AÂ commentaryÂ in the newspaper indicated that the army brass is worried about differences within the party ahead of the scheduled leadership change later this year while reminding its troops of the “party’s absolute leadership” over the army.
The commentary underlined the need for maintaining the “supreme political discipline of the army” and said president Hu Jintao’s orders must be obeyed to the letter.
It comes after the controversy removal of Bo Xilai, who was tipped to rise to the party’s highest body, for violating party discipline. The sacking of the hugely-popular leader even sparked rumours of coup and dissent within the party. The commentary advised the party’s civilian members to adhere to the path laid by senior leaders. A section of the party cadre consists of uniformed men. “Every party member and cadre should firmly obey decisions, orders and instructions and unconditionally put themselves under the leadership of the organizations in question ,” it said.
“Strictly observing Party discipline is essential to maintaining the advanced and pure quality of the Party and to enhance the cohesion and combat effectiveness of the PLA,” said the commentary.
Media slams India for calling South ChinaÂ Sea worldÂ property
Countering external affairs minister S M Krishna’s assertion that the South China Sea belonged to the world, a Chinese daily has said “territory” of a country can not be denoted as a global property because it amounts to surpassing its sovereign right. While China has never objected to the freedom of the navigation in South China Sea (SCS), “describing it as a global property is a mistake” , state-runÂ Global TimesÂ said in an editorial questioning Krishna’s comments. “Other countries can’t denote one country’s territory as global property. “China claims sovereignty over the disputed area between itself andÂ Vietnam, and according to international law, the rights of freedom of navigation and free trade in the South China Sea cannot surpass the sovereign right of the relevant country,” it said.
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