Beijing: China has detained a senior army general and military strategist for graft and leaking state secrets to armed rebels in Myanmar, a media report said.
Major General Huang Xing, the former head of the research guidance department at the Chinese Academy of Military Science, was detained for "serious disciplinary violations" earlier this year, a phrase often used by the Communist Party to refer to alleged corruption.
He was among the 14 generals who have been detained over the last two months for alleged graft or related crimes, People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily said on Monday.
Huang's chief offence was violating military discipline by allegedly leaking state secrets to rebels in the Kokang region of northern Myanmar during fighting in the Southeast Asian nation in 2009, Hong-Kong based South China Post quoted Chinese officials as saying.
The main rebel force in Kokang is the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MDAA) who are ethnic Chinese and once formed part of Communist Party forces in the region.
The MDAA, led by ethnic Chinese commander Peng Jiasheng, has reached a peace accord with the Myanmar government which lasted until 2009 but again resurfaced recently prompting Myanmar to seek Chinese assistance to put it down.
The conflict also resulted in several thousand refugees to take shelter in China.
Huang was arrested for swindling one million Yuan which was subsequently paid back by his family to the government, the report said.
"One million Yuan should not be a strong enough reason to charge a major general. Other generals facing corruption investigations have all allegedly received much more than that," the report quoted Huang's friend as saying.
The PLA strictly forbids officials from contacting foreign military personnel without prior approval.
Myanmar's chief of military affairs security last month alleged that Kokang rebel forces had received training and advice from former Chinese soldiers during a recent upsurge in fighting.
He also hinted the rebels had received support from China? which was denied by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Two retired senior colonels said Huang's detention was due to a combination of factors.
They said Huang's involvement with the Kokang rebels was a "political mistake" and an embarrassment to the PLA hierarchy.
"The fact that this is not mentioned (in the?PLA Daily?report) suggests that the top leaders may feel embarrassed. Instead they picked a more convenient charge to punish him with," one of the retired officers said.