Anti- graft storm con­tin­ues

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - ED­I­TO­RIAL

IT IS NOT TOO MUCH TO CALL 2013 THE YEAR of an anti-cor­rup­tion storm.

Al­to­gether since Jan­uary, 16 of­fi­cials above vice-min­is­ter level have been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for abuse of power. Of them, two are full mem­bers of the Party’s cen­tral com­mit­tee. By the end of June, 87 bu­reau level of­fi­cials were also probed for abuse of power.

But the cam­paign is not just to ap­pre­hend cor­rupt el­e­ments, it also tar­gets all un­healthy prac­tices and ten­den­cies in all govern­ment de­part­ments and Party in­sti­tu­tions.

Apart from the rules to ban the wast­ing of pub­lic money on ex­trav­a­gant re­cep­tions, un­nec­es­sary of­fi­cial trips abroad and the use of govern­ment cars, the Party’s dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion com­mis­sion an­nounced a ban on the pur­chas­ing and mak­ing of New Year greet­ing cards with pub­lic funds as 2013 draws to its close.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter that, the com­mis­sion an­nounced on Tues­day that Party mem­bers and of­fi­cials are not al­lowed to visit pri­vate clubs, which is be­lieved to be the venue where of­fi­cials en­joy ex­trav­a­gant ban­quets or even sex ser­vices at the pub­lic ex­pense.

All these have demon­strated not only the new lead­er­ship’s re­solve to root out cor­rup­tion but also the sever­ity of the abuse of power among of­fi­cials, which is a hin­drance to the progress of the coun­try.

The de­ci­sions adopted at the Party’s Third Plenum in November are meant to in­ten­sify all-around re­form for the sus­tain­abil­ity of the coun­try’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment and so­cial progress.

Top leader Xi Jin­ping made it clear in his speech on the fight against cor­rup­tion that root­ing out abuses of power is a pre­req­ui­site for the re­al­iza­tion of the Chi­nese Dream, which epit­o­mizes res­i­dents’ hap­pi­ness and the na­tion’s pros­per­ity.

What the Party’s watch­dog and anti-graft de­part­ments have done this year paves the way for the re­forms in var­i­ous ar­eas to un­fold smoothly in the years to come.

But it would be wrong to think the anti-cor­rup­tion storm is an ex­pe­di­ent bat­tle that will soon blow it­self out.

Xi said that power must be kept in the cage of rules. Ob­vi­ously there still is a long way to go be­fore the cage is com­plete and power placed in it.

What has been achieved this year is just the be­gin­ning. With the deep­en­ing of re­forms, more harsh ac­tions can be ex­pected to place power un­der tight su­per­vi­sion.

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