On October 12, PLA Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party military, published an article entitled “Why is there a target for reporting “key people”? The article reveals that the Chinese Communist Party military is investigating the so-called “key people”, and that some units even once had rigidly set targets, resulting in the phenomenon of hard-to-reach numbers.
The article begins with a story about an instructor of the seventh company of an assault vehicle of a brigade of the 73rd Army Group, who, because of the brigade’s requirement to screen personnel, “asked each battalion and company to carefully identify and report ‘key people’ and set a target of six people for each company.” That means six so-called “key people” must be reported.
However, the instructor thought that only three people met the criteria of the so-called “key people”, but in order to complete the task, he finally had to make up three places.
Later, the agency officer told him why there was a requirement to establish a ‘key person’ indicator. It was because it was found that the company was worried about the impact on the selection of advanced, so the so-called “omission” phenomenon.
In the end, a departmental officer of the agency had a brainstorm and asked for the “establishment of a ‘key person’ indicator”.
Although the article ends by saying that the practice of “setting ‘key person’ indicators” was stopped by the brigade, the article reveals some rare inside information behind the heavy curtain of the Chinese Communist Army.
The article “requires each battalion and company to identify, guide, manage and report ‘key people’ early” shows the state of daily life in the Communist army of mutual surveillance and snitching on each other. The control is so harsh that it is like a prison.
The article also explains that “they combine study… The newly revised “Outline of Army Grassroots Construction” clearly defines the category of “key people” in accordance with the regulations, so that grassroots mapping can be based on evidence”
The so-called “key people” are clearly defined in the Chinese Communist Party’s military documents, which have clear rules and regulations against which to compare.
As previously reported by the Communist Party’s mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency, the Central Military Commission issued a newly revised “Outline of Grassroots Construction in the Army” with the approval of Xi Jinping, which will come into effect on February 1, 2020.