Caging big cor­rupt ‘tigers’

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

China’s anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign reached a high point when Zhou Yongkang, a for­mer mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and for­mer se­cu­rity chief, was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Zhou is the big­gest “tiger” to be en­trapped in the crack­down on cor­rup­tion and also the most se­nior-level of­fi­cial to be in­ves­ti­gated for “se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions” in the past three decades.

Zhou’s down­fall re­flects the na­tional lead­er­ship’s re­solve to honor its prom­ise of tar­get­ing both “flies and tigers” (small and big cor­rupt officials) in the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign.

Top leader Xi Jin­ping has launched a mas­sive cam­paign against cor­rup­tion and vowed to tar­get “flies and tigers” alike re­gard­less of their po­si­tion, re­flect­ing his de­ter­mi­na­tion to root out cor­rup­tion.

The crack­down started with a ban on ex­trav­a­gance by officials — from ban­quets to year-end gifts — and quickly ex­panded to bring­ing to book cor­rupt high-rank­ing officials who had formed a fief­dom of their own.

Thirty-odd lead­ers of vice-min­is­te­rial level or above have been ar­rested. Among the “tigers” that have been caged are Jiang Jiemin, for­mer head of the State-owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion, Su Rong, a for­mer vice-chair­man of China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, and Xu Cai­hou, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion.

The fast pace of the crack­down shows that the Party will not spare cor­rupt officials no mat­ter how se­nior they are.

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