23 September 2018
China's leaders are realizing that the anti-corruption drive is a complicated and long-haul process. Photo: Bloomberg
China's leaders are realizing that the anti-corruption drive is a complicated and long-haul process. Photo: Bloomberg

POLICY WATCH: No let-up in the anti-graft fight

As the ruling elite were readying for a key policy-setting meeting in Beijing, the Chinese Communist Party’s top disciplinary body sent a fresh signal that it will not step back from its campaign against corruption and misconduct in high places, pushing forward the task mandated by top leader Xi Jinping.

The CPC’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced on November 3 that a second batch of inspectors, divided into 10 groups, have been dispatched to several government agencies and provinces to carry out investigations and check for any malpractices.

The inspectors have been sent to, among others, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Commerce, China Three Gorges Corporation, Xinhua News Agency, and the provinces of Shanxi, Jilin, Anhui, Hunan, Guangdong and Yunnan, according to a statement from the anti-graft body.

The inspection will focus on violations such as power-for-money deals, bribery and corruption and influence-peddling, it said.

Formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, which have been identified as the four forms of undesirable work styles by the CPC Central Committee, will be primarily targeted by the inspectors during their work, the statement said.

Wang Qishan, who heads the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) as well as the CPC Central Committee’s inspection leadership group, said earlier that the first round of inspections that started in May have found clues of corruption and led to stern punishment of wrongdoers.

In fact, since Xi took the party reins a year ago, the commission itself has achieved several goals in implementing the new leader’s call to curb extravagance and unnecessary spending, it said. The conference spending of the commission and the Ministry of Supervision have been reduced by 84 percent and reception expenses by 52 percent respectively in the first eight months of this year, according to a report issued by the commission.

In addition, the commission has reduced the spending on overseas business trips. The number of groups traveling abroad dropped by 26.4 percent and the number of people joining the trips was down by 16.8 percent, it claims.

The commission also squeezed the time for conferences and symposiums. A nationwide conference for the agency took only 20 minutes, the report said.

To boost operating efficiency, all departments under the agency have been streamlined to improve the work structure.

As an attempt to curb bribery, the CCDI issued in May a circular requiring officials and employees working in disciplinary departments to discard “all kinds of membership cards received in various names.”

By June 20, all current staff, or about 810,000 people, have submitted reports to prove that they are no longer holders of such cards, according to the report.

Last year, the new Party leadership began to promote an “eight-point” set of guidelines to ban extravagance and formalism from events attended by officials. Inspectors were sent to find clues of corruption and wrongdoing in various ministries and provincial regions.

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