18 March 2019

Jiang urges Beijing to rein in anti-graft campaign, FT says

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin has urged nation’s current leadership to rein in the tough anti-corruption campaign that is threatening the interests of some Communist party elders, Financial Times reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Jiang, who stepped down as president of China in 2003, has sent a clear signal in the past month to current leader Xi Jinping, sources were quoted as saying. Jiang sent a message saying “the footprint of this anti-corruption campaign cannot get too big”, apparently warning Xi not to take on too many of the powerful families or patronage networks at the top of the party hierarchy, the report said. Former President Hu Jintao, who was replaced by Xi a year ago, has also expressed reservations about the anti-corruption drive and warned his successor not to expand it too far, a source was quoted as saying.

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