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POLICY WATCH: CPC eyes new internal rules to fight graft

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is seeking to enhance its internal management and transparency in a bid to gain more support from the people.

In a notice issued on Nov. 27, the ruling party said it plans to issue guidelines within five years to improve the supervision of its officials and members.

The new rules aim to improve the party’s campaign against corruption and misbehavior within its ranks, which are eroding the party’s core values and the people’s trust in their leaders. The move is in line with a call by President Xi Jinping {習近平}, who is also the CPC general secretary, to establish a regulatory system to put officials’ power in check.

This new system aims to improve the party’s inspection mechanism, particularly with regard to supervising senior officals.

Xi has made the anti-graft fight a major platform of his administration, pledging to target both “tigers” and “flies”, high-ranking and low-level officials.

Since Xi took the helm as CPC chief last year, at least nine senior officials with ranks not lower than provincial minister have been arrested. Among the most prominent was Jiang Jiemin {蔣潔敏}, former chairman of PetroChina Co. Ltd. (00857.HK), who was removed as head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission in September on suspicion of having committed “serious disciplinary violations”, a euphemism for corruption.

The new rules are part of the new leadership’s efforts to build a sound regulatory system and enhance the party’s scientific, democratic and law-based governance, according to the CPC statement.

The party will review its current rules, remove provisions that are outdated or inconsistent with others, and establish new ones that are urgently required in view of present-day realities.

To strengthen its role as the ruling party, the CPC will improve its internal control system in such areas as leadership, theories, organization, working style, anti-corruption efforts and intra-party democracy, the statement said.

The rules will have to conform with the country’s Constitution and laws as well as the CPC charter. Democracy should be promoted so the rules reflect the will of party members, it said.

Political observers said China’s market system and civil organizations have yet to fully develop, allowing power to be concentrated in government organs and leaving officials prone to corruption.

At a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee held late August, a work plan for the establishment and improvement of the corruption punishment and prevention system for 2013 to 2017 was approved.

The party vowed to resolutely stop the spread of corruption, describing it as its major mission, and deal strictly with discipline violations.

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