Commentary: Reform facilitates China's anti-graft drive
                 English.news.cn | 2014-01-24 23:04:07 | Editor: yan

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China's (CPC) grand road-map for reform has signaled resolve to achieve lasting results in its anti-corruption war in a more systematic way.

China's leading group for overall reform, headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Wednesday announced its six divisions covering the economy and the environment, democracy and law, culture, the social system, Party building, and discipline inspection.

Reform in these sectors needs an environment with zero tolerance of corruption and will, on the other hand, facilitate the fight to squeeze space for corruption through meticulous regulations and new institutions.

Amid its reform drive, the CPC has decided to grant more power to superior discipline inspection agencies, in contrast to the current system where local discipline inspection agencies are mostly under the leadership of the CPC committee at the same level.

Thus, a more powerful superior agency will be effective to ensure leads are reported efficiently and that investigations proceed smoothly while preventing cover-ups.

In 2013, discipline inspection agencies punished about 182,000 officials nationwide, 13.3 percent more than in 2012.

Now, given more power of supervision, the agencies are expected to mete out harsher punishment to Party officials at all levels who fail to curb corruption and violate CPC guidelines.

In the economic sector, reform designed to ensure the market's decisive role in allocating resources will regulate functions of the government to prevent it intervening too much and thus leading to high administrative costs, low efficiency and corruption.

Accepting the market's decisive role will help the government shoulder its task to build an open and unified market with orderly competition which leaves little room for corrupt behavior like power-for-money deals, judicial corruption and commercial bribery.

The promotion of transparency in government affairs, including publicizing information about the government's financial budgets and statements, will provide channels for supervision from relevant department and the public.

Beside, China has been making unremitting efforts to promote the building of the country's legal system, ensuring independence in executing judicial and prosecution power as well as stepping up the campaign in fighting corruption.

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