Date
19 November 2017
Wang Qishan says the media and the public have an important role in the fight against corruption. Photo: AFP
Wang Qishan says the media and the public have an important role in the fight against corruption. Photo: AFP

Anti-corruption chief says China should learn from HK, Singapore

China’s anti-corruption chief wants the country to learn from Hong Kong and Singapore in the fight against graft.

Wang Qishan made the remark during a meeting with 300 senior members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

He was echoing concerns by President Xi Jinping who warned in 2012 that the campaign against corruption is “a matter of life and death”.

The most high-profile politician to be embroiled in a corruption investigation is Zhou Yongkang, the former security tsar.

However, Wang would not be drawn on whether more senior cadres are under investigation but said party officials now dare not engage in graft. 

He said China should learn from the Hong Kong and Singapore model for tackling corruption.

Both have independent anti-corruption bodies, unlike China which relies on the party investigating itself. 

There are no checks and balances and no independent organizations against corruption in the mainland, even though the Communist Party has separate anti-graft units. 

Wang stressed the role of the media and the public in the fight against corruption.

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