Chi­nese of­fi­cials de­vise new ways to ‘make money’

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

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.

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