New agen­cies to aid anti-graft fight

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By DUJUAN dujuan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s cap­i­tal city will in­te­grate all anti-cor­rup­tion re­sources to strengthen in­tra-Party su­per­vi­sion in a more ef­fec­tive way, Bei­jing Party chief Guo Jin­long said on Sun­day.

He made the state­ment dur­ing the first meet­ing of Bei­jing’s work group on a pi­lot pro­gram to form a su­per­vi­sion com­mit­tee.

Last week, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said new su­per­vi­sion com­mit­tees will be formed in Bei­jing, and Shanxi and Zhe­jiang prov­inces, aimed at bet­ter com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion, adding that the pro­gram might be ex­panded na­tion­wide.

The com­mit­tees will be in­de­pen­dent from lo­cal gov­ern­ment to pre­vent in­ter­fer­ence, while mem­bers of the com­mit­tees will be elected by lo­cal leg­is­la­tors and headed by the pro­vin­cial Party chief, ac­cord­ing to a China Daily in­ter­view with an in­sider who de­clined to be named.

Guo said that Bei­jing has al­ready con­ducted sub­stan­tial re­search into the pro­gram ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ments of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

“The plan for the new com­mit­tees is be­ing drafted,” Guo said, adding the new com­mit­tee will be­gin op­er­a­tions in Jan­uary.

The CCDI said the com­mit­tees will en­sure full cov­er­age of all gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and pub­lic ser­vants in­volved.

Li Yongzhong, an anti-cor­rup­tion ex­pert, said the re­form is not only about rais­ing the ef­fi­ciency of han­dling anti-graft cases, but it also in­tro­duces su­per­vi­sion out­side of the gov­ern­men­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion, which is a big step for­ward, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on Ifeng, a news web­site run by Phoenix New Me­dia Ltd.

That the cen­tral gov­ern­ment chose Bei­jing as a pi­lot area for the re­form shows its de­ter­mi­na­tion to fo­cus on anti-cor­rup­tion, Li said.

“The ex­pe­ri­ences of Bei­jing can be copied in other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.”

Last year, Bei­jing’s dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion au­thor­i­ties filed 2,626 cases, a year-onyear in­crease of 84.4 per­cent, and it closed 2,279 cases. Up to 2,229 peo­ple had dis­ci­plinary sanc­tions im­posed on them, while 226 peo­ple were sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody.

The author­ity pun­ished 630 cor­rupt of­fi­cials whose cases in­volved to­tal bribery money of 521 mil­lion yuan ($76 mil­lion).

In ad­di­tion to anti-cor­rup­tion, Bei­jing has been mak­ing ef­forts on other re­forms in its le­gal sys­tem.

Jing Dali, head of the Bei­jing Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, said the procu­ra­torate has es­tab­lished spe­cial teams to deal with cases in­volv­ing na­tional se­cu­rity, pub­lic safety, fi­nance and tech­nol­ogy, which will han­dle cases that re­quire spe­cial knowl­edge, adding that the num­ber of such cases has been ris­ing in the cap­i­tal.

Guo Jin­long, Bei­jing Party chief

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