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Exertions revved up to nip corruption in bud

English.news.cn   2014-01-11 20:50:40            

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- An official in east China's Zhejiang Province may not have expected that the fancy wedding he organized for his son would become a reason for him to be criticised online.

Wang Xuezhi, deputy chief of the health bureau of Chun'an County in the provincial capital Hangzhou, received a warning within the Communist Party of China (CPC) for accepting cash gifts against regulation at the wedding, said an announcement posted on the website of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) on Wednesday.

Details of the case were circulated to the county, and Wang was ordered to return the cash gift.

After taking the helm of the CPC in November 2012 and later as the country's top leader in March 2013, Xi Jinping has called for a fight against corruption and harmful work styles, vowing to nab "tigers" and "flies," meaning both high- and low-ranking officials.

While China is stepping up efforts to identify and penalize the "tigers," a series of regulations and codes of conduct have also been put in place to curb "flies" and prevent them from growing into "tigers," observers say.

On the CCDI website, officials of various levels, like Wang, have been named and shamed for violating disciplinary rules, such as drinking at office meals, accepting gifts, and sight-seeing with public funds.

"Even small violative acts could be developed into major corruption," said Xie Chuntao, professor of the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC.

Last year, rules against extravagance, public fund spending, government-funded car use, and even office size for officials were put forward.

As the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CCDI is scheduled in January, more plans on establishing similar rules are expected to be announced.

If a mechanism with detailed rules is built, it will effectively help prevent corruption in the future, said Wang Wei, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance.

Huang Shuxian, deputy secretary of the CCDI and minister of supervision, said on Friday that 31 high-profile officials were investigated last year, with eight of them transferred to prosecutors for legal processes.

Meanwhile, CPC discipline inspection agencies punished about 182,000 officials nationwide, 13.3 percent more than in 2012, according to Huang.

The CPC announced a five-year (2013-2017) plan in December to speed up creation of an anti-corruption legal system, aiming to enclose power in an institutional cage.

At a meeting on Dec. 30, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to firmly fight corruption and maintain its high-handed posture, vowing to discover tiny violative acts by officials and warn them as early as possible.

Prof. Xie said the decision not only directed the establishment of an anti-corruption mechanism in the future, but also reflected the CPC's care over its talents.

"Corruption not only has a huge cost for the official, but also for his family members. Therefore, finding violative acts as early as possible will help minimize the losses caused to the nation, as well as to individuals," said Xie. Enditem

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