|A Chinese military officer has written to the top Communist Party mouthpiece newspaper complaining that saunas, karaoke bars and dance halls sprouting near his base are distracting soldiers.
The officer, who gave his name as Li Xianghui and said he was based at Dandong, on the sensitive North Korean border, outlined his complaints to the People's Daily, which published the letter on Tuesday.
The base was built in a remote location to avoid such distractions, Li said.
"One entertainment venue called 'The Depths of the Night' is just one street away from the base!" he wrote.
"The real description of this area is 'inside are training grounds, outside there are dance halls' and 'bugles sound behind the walls, outside are luscious voices'," Li added.
"Having entertainment venues around the base affects the mental stability of the troops, and causes huge management problems," he said, without elaborating.
"I hope related authorities take steps to deal with the illegal entertainment venues to create a healthy training environment for the base so that the soldiers can concentrate fully," Li added.