China’s Communist Party appears to be losing its allure.
For many young Chinese, joining the ruling party means a chance to land a government job with good benefits, as well as status and influence that come with moving up the ranks of the bureaucracy.
But according to the Financial Times, the number of people joining the party has fallen for the first time in a decade amid President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign.
Last year, just 2.4 million people joined the world’s biggest political party – a quarter fewer than in 2012 – marking the smallest number of new members since 2003 and bringing the total membership to 86.7 million by the end of 2013, the newspaper reported.
Also, the number of people who registered to sit civil service examinations dropped 12.3 percent this year, it said.
State media attributed the drop in interest among young Chinese to join the party and government to the top leadership’s stepped-up drive against corruption and extravagant spending.
“The declines definitely have something to do with the anti-corruption campaign,” Zhang Ming, a professor at the politics department of Renmin University, was quoted as saying. “Let’s be frank, many young people want to do these [government] jobs because it will give them an opportunity to take bribes.”
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