Recent U.S. intelligence reports indicate that President Xi Jinping of China has initiated a significant military purge. This action is attributed to critical failures in the country’s missile systems and widespread corruption within China’s Rocket Forces and defense industry. According to these reports, the level of corruption has raised serious questions about China’s capacity to conduct effective military operations. Notably, issues with China’s missile capabilities have included instances where missiles were filled with water instead of fuel and dysfunctional missile silo covers.
These revelations have not only highlighted technical flaws but also signal a decline in confidence in China’s military capabilities, particularly within the Rocket Force. President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign has consequently led to a series of unprecedented dismissals of top officials in the People’s Liberation Army and the Department of Equipment Development.