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

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top generals have issued an unusually lavish declaration of support for President Xi Jinping as he moves to consolidate his power with a crackdown on corruption in the military.

The commanders of the military’s 15 most powerful departments wrote articles published Thursday in a special edition of the People’s Liberation Army Daily expressing their understanding of Xi’s thoughts about defense and military reforms.

Such declarations usually contain little in substance but are important in showing support for a leader’s policies. State media and experts on China’s military said the articles were the most extensive since the abandonment of dogmatic Marxism in the late 1970s.

Xi has ordered audits of military units to check for abuses, as well as the court-martialing of a top general on corruption and other charges.