Vi­tal to carry on bat­tle against graft

Stricter su­per­vi­sion, as well as rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions, within the Party is needed to keep all mem­bers and the pow­ers they wield in check.

China Daily (USA) - - VIEWS -

An eight-part doc­u­men­tary, Cor­rup­tion Fight is Al­ways Un­der­way, which hit the small screen less than a week be­fore the Sixth Plenum of the 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China be­gan in Bei­jing onMon­day, has put the fo­cus back on the fight against cor­rup­tion.

Co-pro­duced by the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, the se­ries fo­cuses on many se­nior cor­rupt of­fi­cials’ “de­pra­va­tion di­aries” and tear­ful re­morse for their wrong­do­ings. Their de­scrip­tions of how things went wrong in their political life, from bribery to em­bez­zle­ment of public funds, high­light the need to press ahead with a new­na­tion­wide bat­tle against cor­rup­tion that started in 2012, and strengthen in­tra-Party su­per­vi­sion.

In the in­ter­views they gave while in de­ten­tion, some cor­rupt of­fi­cials re­gret­ted be­liev­ing they could get away with their mis­deeds once they re­tired or were pro­moted to high po­si­tions. The fact that the cor­rupt of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Su Rong, former vicechair­man of China’s top political ad­vi­sory body, didn’t man­age to es­cape the law­show­cases the lead­er­ship’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to end cor­rup­tion and cre­ate a healthy political at­mos­phere within the Party.

The com­mon el­e­ments among the former pro­vin­cial or min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cials who gave the in­ter­views were the grad­ual in­crease in their cor­rupt prac­tices and the pre­vail­ing pol­luted political en­vi­ron­ment. Some lo­cal civil ser­vants re­fused to be sub­jected to the Party dis­ci­pline, putting their per­sonal in­ter­ests be­fore public good, be­cause their su­per­vi­sors had done the same. Some even went fur­ther, mak­ing nepo­tism an in­te­gral part of their ca­reers and re­fus­ing to con­duct sin­cere peer re­views.

There­fore, it is more than nec­es­sary to en­hance all Party mem­bers’ sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and dis­ci­pline in or­der to keep bu­reau­cratism, ex­trav­a­gance and un­de­sir­able prac­tices at bay. As the largest political party in the world and the rul­ing party of China, the CPC re­quires its mem­bers to stay com­mit­ted to the Party and the peo­ple. And it is al­most im­pos­si­ble for them to re­main free of cor­rup­tion with­out proper Party guid­ance.

The com­mon fac­tors in most cor­rup­tion cases add weight to the “ir­refutable truth” that un­su­per­vised power even­tu­ally leads to cor­rup­tion, as Party chief Xi Jin­ping has said. The dis­graced of­fi­cials who were given power by the peo­ple to serve the peo­ple mis­used their priv­i­leges to so­licit per­sonal gains to pur­sue their il­licit and ex­trav­a­gant life­style.

Stricter su­per­vi­sion, as well as rel­e­vant reg­u­la­tions, within the Party is needed to keep all mem­bers and the pow­ers they wield in check. Em­bold­ened by their “special” po­si­tions and de­sire for il­le­gal gains, some of­fi­cials failed to re­sist the urge to abuse their pow­ers and have re­ceived due pu­n­ish­ments.

To pre­vent of­fi­cials from fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of their cor­rupt pre­de­ces­sors, all de­part­ments and in­di­vid­u­als should ful­fill their su­per­vi­sory re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and im­ple­ment tougher mea­sures such as dis­ci­plinary pu­n­ish­ments. They also need to stream­line the in­spec­tion mech­a­nism by pay­ing ex­tra at­ten­tion to the “priv­i­leged few” who are more likely to abuse power, and en­cour­age cit­i­zens to re­port of­fi­cials’ dere­lic­tion of duty to higher au­thor­i­ties. The au­thor is di­rec­tor of the China Anti-Cor­rup­tion Ju­di­cial Re­search Cen­ter.

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