Chinese President Xi Jinping is cracking down on graft. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry says inspectors have uncovered widespread irregularities and suspected corruption among military units based around Beijing.

Tuesday’s announcement comes as President Xi Jinping ratchets up an anti-graft campaign that is turning its attention to the sprawling 2.3 million-member People’s Liberation Army, long dogged by a culture of bribery, corruption and power abuse.

The ministry said in a statement that the inspections in the Beijing and Jinan Military Regions were carried out directly under the authority of the Central Military Commission headed by Xi.

It said multiple leads were obtained concerning problems with the handling of promotions, discipline among officers, land transfers, the construction and allocation of buildings, and military medical services. The ministry said those cases would be further investigated and publicized for their deterrent effect.