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China blacklists, curtails rights of 17 men who quit army: Report

The men have been blacklisted from using the social credit system, limiting their rights to travel abroad and seek employment in the government.

world Updated: Mar 16, 2018 17:20 IST
Press Trust of India, Beijing
China,Chinaese Army,Military
This file photo shows Chinese soldiers carrying the flags of (L to R) the Communist Party, the state, and the People's Liberation Army during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. (AFP photo)

China has punished 17 army deserters, blacklisting them from using the social credit system, limiting their rights to travel abroad and seek employment in the government, according to a media report on Friday.

The men had enlisted themselves in the army but were unable to handle the tough and strict life. They tried to quit multiple times before being expelled from the force, the state-run Global Times reported.

The 17 men, who were enlisted and later quit the army, have been sent home, it said, adding that they have been blacklisted on China’s social credit system.

Their rights have been limited to travel abroad, work as government officials.

Blacklisting will also affect their ability to buy real estate and their travel rights, including booking plane tickets, travel in high-class trains and stay in star-rated hotels, the report said.

“Many of these young people are the only child in their family, growing up in gilded cages and unable to bear hardships in the army,” Li Daguang, a professor at the National Defense University in Beijing told the Global Times.

“As military discipline becomes stricter, training has become harder,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

First Published: Mar 16, 2018 17:20 IST