Chinese officials devise new ways to ‘make money’
One of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first acts on taking office in 2013 was to launch an anticorruption crackdown that has resulted in the removal of many officials in high-profile scandals and shone a light on a wide range of corrupt practices.
Some bribe officials by presenting them with cheap copies of well-known paintings and then buying them back at exorbitant prices at auctions.
Since the crackdown on graft began, officials have stopped meeting with supplicants at hotels in favor of high-end private rooms at cheaper restaurants to avoid being caught. Some officials even meet at restaurants specifically set up at schools with chefs invited to cook for them under the guide of “cooking classes.”
While it is hardly news that officials use government-owned cars for private use — driving their children to school or their parents around on errands, some have taken this to new heights by making taxpayers pay for the chauffeurs they hire to drive their private cars.
Moreover, officials who help run certain organizations while they are in office might use their positions to arrange nice cushy jobs for themselves at those same agencies after they retire.
Another common practice is for business owners to bribe officials not with money but by providing their relatives and friends with well-paid positions.