12 December 2019

No headway in corruption crackdown, report says

President Xi Jinping has raised expectations he will tackle corruption much more forcefully than his predecessors, but official data on investigations suggests the crackdown is not much different from previous years, Reuters reported over the weekend. Authorities have opened a similar number of corruption probes in 2013 to last year, the report said, citing data from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which oversees criminal investigations and prosecutions nationwide. And according to a Reuters analysis of the data, authorities have prosecuted far fewer people this year compared with the past five years, while the number of senior officials being investigated is on track to match those in prior periods.

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