Anti- graft cam­paign to re­ceive key boost

Party maps out guide­line to help check spread of cor­rup­tion in next five years

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

The Party vowed on Wednes­day to fight cor­rup­tion firmly and to main­tain its “high-handed pos­ture” in the next five years.

“Cor­rup­tion is still wide­spread. The soil that nour­ishes cor­rup­tion still ex­ists, and the sit­u­a­tion re­mains crit­i­cal and com­pli­cated,” ac­cord­ing to a five-year plan (2013-17) aimed at set­ting up a sys­tem to pun­ish and pre­vent cor­rup­tion.

The plan was is­sued by the Party’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

It noted that if cor­rup­tion is not checked, it will crit­i­cally harm the Party, and “threaten the sur­vival of the Party or na­tion”.

In the plan, the Party re­it­er­ates its re­solve to fight both the “tigers” and the “flies”, a ref­er­ence to se­nior and low-rank­ing of­fi­cials.

All cases must be in­ves­ti­gated and cul­prits pun­ished more se­verely to de­ter oth­ers, the plan states, while vow­ing to res­o­lutely halt the mo­men­tum of ex­ten­sive cor­rup­tion.

Su­per­vi­sion of of­fi­cials will be en­hanced, ac­cord­ing to the guide­lines, while of­fi­cials at min­is­te­rial and pro­vin­cial lev­els will have to sub­mit a clean-gov­er­nance re­port to the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties an­nu­ally.

The au­thor­i­ties will also ex­pand pi­lot projects that re­quire newly nom­i­nated of­fi­cials to dis­close their pri­vate as­sets.

The soil that nour­ishes cor­rup­tion still ex­ists, and the sit­u­a­tion re­mains crit­i­cal and com­pli­cated. FROM THE PARTY’S FIVEYEAR PLAN ON SET­TING UP A SYS­TEM TO PUN­ISH AND PRE­VENT COR­RUP­TION

A reg­u­la­tion will be drawn up and ap­plied to of­fi­cials whose spouses have mi­grated.

The plan states that the Party faces tests in gov­ern­ing, re­form and open­ing-up and risks from be­ing too dis­tant from the peo­ple as well as dan­ger from cor­rup­tion.

It must “deepen the strug­gle for Party gov­er­nance and clean govern­ment and fight cor­rup­tion to en­sure that it al­ways main­tains the firm­ness of its core lead­er­ship”.

The plan outlines ar­eas that will re­ceive par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion, such as protests and ac­ci­dents like mine dis­as­ters that oc­cur be­cause of cor­rupt of­fi­cials.

It also said the Party will pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to cor­rup­tion that hap­pens dur­ing eco­nomic re­forms, in­clud­ing the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of pow­er­ful State-owned in­dus­tries.

“Com­mer­cial bribery will be han­dled sternly and probed, and pun­ish­ments for giv­ing bribes will be harsher,” it said.

Li Xue­qin, head of the re­search divi­sion of the Party’s top dis­ci­plinary body, sug­gests that “lead­ing of­fi­cials should be pun­ished if ma­jor scan­dals are ex­posed in ar­eas un­der their con­trol”.

The Party has en­hanced the anti- cor­rup­tion cam­paign since the new lead­er­ship came to power in Novem­ber last year. At least 15 of­fi­cials at, and above, min­is­te­rial level have been in­ves­ti­gated since then.

Af­ter the Third Ple­nary Ses­sion of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, held last month, anti-graft au­thor­i­ties have taken un­prece­dented mea­sures against cor­rup­tion, and at least three min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cials have been in­ves­ti­gated this month.

In the lat­est case, Li Dong­sheng, for­mer vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity, was re­moved from var­i­ous posts, an of­fi­cial cir­cu­lar stated on Wednes­day.

Li, also for­mer deputy head of a cen­tral lead­ing group for the pre­ven­tion and han­dling of cult-re­lated is­sues, was sacked for “sus­pected se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Party’s top per­son­nel agency.

A week ago, Tong Mingqian, vice-chair­man of the po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body for Hu­nan prov­ince, was in­ves­ti­gated for sus­pected se­ri­ous law and dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tions.

Jiang Ming’an, a law pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said lack of su­per­vi­sion is the main rea­son be­hind cor­rup­tion.

“The peo­ple’s congress (or the leg­isla­tive bod­ies) at all lev­els should su­per­vise the govern­ment more ef­fec­tively,” he added.

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