Of­fi­cials with spouses over­seas won’t be pro­moted

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The reg­u­la­tion of “naked of­fi­cials” — civil ser­vants whose fam­ily mem­bers have mi­grated over­seas — has been tight­ened in the wake of the Party’s ef­forts to fight graft.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials whose spouses have moved over­seas will not be pro­moted, ac­cord­ing to a reg­u­la­tion re­leased by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the Party’s top per­son­nel agency.

As for of­fi­cials who don’t have spouses; If all of their chil­dren have em­i­grated, those of­fi­cials will not be pro­moted ei­ther, the depart­ment said on Wed­nes­day.

Pro­mo­tion of six types of of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing those who lobby for higher po­si­tions, will be banned, ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tion.

Of­fi­cials who have been dis­missed from their posts for dere­lic­tion of duty can­not be nom­i­nated for any new posts within one year, and they are in­el­i­gi­ble for any post higher than their pre­vi­ous rank for two years, ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tion.

The reg­u­la­tion called on gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to lead a fru­gal life to get close to the pub­lic and clean up un­de­sir­able work styles such as for­mal­ism, bu­reau­cratism and he­do­nism.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials’ eth­i­cal per­for­mance will be the most im­por­tant fac­tor in de­cid­ing whether they get pro­moted, ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tion.

Com­pared to pre­vi­ous rules on the pro­mo­tion of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, the reg­u­la­tion has made more con­crete stip­u­la­tions and set higher stan­dards for the be­hav­ior of of­fi­cials, said Cheng Wen­hao, a pro­fes­sor of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion at Ts­inghua Univer­sity.

The re­stric­tions on the pro­mo­tion of “naked of­fi­cials” are ex­pected to pre­vent cor­rupt of­fi­cials from flee­ing over­seas with pub­lic funds, he said.

Ren Jian­ming, a pro­fes­sor of clean gov­er­nance re­search at Bei­hang Univer­sity, said that be­fore flee­ing over­seas, most cor­rupt of­fi­cials have al­ready sent fam­ily mem­bers out of the coun­try.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials should set an ex­am­ple for the pub­lic to be loyal to the State, and it’s an in­ter­na­tional prac­tice to re­quire the loy­alty of civil ser­vants, he said.

China has never re­leased the num­ber of cor­rupt of­fi­cials who have fled over­seas, but the oc­cur­rence al­ways trig­gers a pub­lic outcry, he said.

Yang Xianghong, for­mer Party chief of Lucheng dis­trict in Wen­zhou, Zhejiang prov­ince, re­fused to re­turn while in Europe with a gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion in Septem­ber 2008. His daugh­ter had im­mi­grated to France.

Pros­e­cu­tors found that Yang and his wife had ac­cepted bribes worth hun­dreds of thou­sands of yuan in 2007, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Min­istry of Su­per­vi­sion in Novem­ber 2012 showed that 76 cor­rupt of­fi­cials had been caught af­ter they fled over­seas since 2007.

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