Cam­paign against graft in ‘tug of war’

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - ByWANG XIAODONG wangx­i­aodong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s anti-cor­rup­tion drive will nei­ther cease nor de­cel­er­ate in the new year, the top anti-cor­rup­tion body an­nounced on the first work­ing day af­ter the Chi­ne­seNew Year hol­i­day.

“Anti-cor­rup­tion is a last­ing and life-or-death war that we can­not af­ford to lose, and there is no room for de­cel­er­a­tion or rest in the war,” said a state­ment on Wed­nes­day on the web­site of the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion. “We must keep fight­ing one battle af­ter an­other.”

Dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties at all lev­els should get rid of the fes­ti­val mood and vig­or­ously de­vote them­selves to work, since the anti-cor­rup­tion forces and the cor­rup­tion forces are in a tug of war and all achieve­ments won fight­ing cor­rup­tion in the past two years will be lost with any letup in anti-cor­rup­tion ef­forts, the state­ment said.

Dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties must com­plete their tasks in fight­ing “both tigers and flies”, mean­ing se­nior and lower-rank­ing cor­rupt of­fi­cials, and root­ing out cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

“The state­ment shows the re­solve from the very top lead­er­ship to con­tinue to fight cor­rup­tion this year,” said Wu Hui, a re­searcher at the Party School of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Af­ter progress was achieved in fight­ing cor­rup­tion since the new lead­er­ship took up their posts in late 2012, the anti-cor­rup­tion drive has en­tered a tug of war stage in which the anti-cor­rup­tion forces and cor­rup­tion forces have al­most equal power, he said.

“The whole so­ci­ety and the Party have been watch­ing since the be­gin­ning of the new year. … They want to know whether the cur­rent anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign is just tem­po­rary or a cause that will last,” Wu said. “The top lead­er­ship has given a clear an­swer.”

His­to­rian Liu Heping said that there is no turn­ing back in the fight against cor­rup­tion and that it serves as a safe­guard for China’s fu­ture devel­op­ment.

“Fight­ing cor­rup­tion will dam­age the in­ter­ests of some groups, but it will pro­mote the healthy devel­op­ment of the whole of in­dus­try and so­ci­ety,” he said in an ar­ti­cle posted on the CCDI web­site.

The web­site re­ceived 1,818 whis­tle-blow­ing re­ports from across China dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val from Feb 18 to 23, a de­crease of 10 per­cent com­pared with last year, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI. The com­mis­sion also re­ceived about 300 such re­ports by tele­phone over the six days, equiv­a­lent to last year, it said.

“Most of the re­ports are about bribery, em­bez­zle­ment and dere­lic­tion of duty,” Su Yun­gui, an of­fi­cial who han­dles pe­ti­tions at the CCDI, told China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion.

Dozens of of­fi­cials at vicem­i­nis­te­rial level or above have been put un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for cor­rup­tion since late 2012, in­clud­ing some for­mer State and mil­i­tary lead­ers such as Zhou Yongkang and Xu Cai­hou.

“In the past two years, most of those un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion were gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, but signs show cor­rup­tion in State-owned en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, will be a pri­mary tar­get for dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties,” saidWu, the re­searcher.

In­spec­tion teams sent by the CCDI will in­spect 26 of China’s big­gest State-owned en­ter­prises in its first round of in­spec­tion this year for dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions and cor­rup­tion, the CCDI an­nounced ear­lier this month.

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