Date
18 November 2017
Guangdong has rolled out an anti-corruption measure in line with the focus of the Communist Party plenum on rule of law. Photo: Reuters
Guangdong has rolled out an anti-corruption measure in line with the focus of the Communist Party plenum on rule of law. Photo: Reuters

Guangdong unveils draft anti-corruption law

Guangdong province has launched a public consultation on a proposed anti-corruption law, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The proposal coincides with a Communist Party plenum in Beijing in which rule of law is on top of the agenda.

Under the draft legislation, so-called “naked officials”, or cadres whose family members live abroad, will be barred from holding positions relating to national security, fiscal and financial supervision and those involving state secrets, the report said.

Also, all government officials will be required to declare their assets.

China has about 1.18 million “naked officials”, with Guangdong accounting for the bulk of the number.

Zhang Lifan, an independent scholar in Beijing, said the move shows Guangdong is serious about fighting corruption given its share of “naked officials”.

However, Zhang expects the anti-corruption measure to have limited impact if it narrows its focus to self-examination and self-discipline.

“Without public scrutiny, it won’t work even if the government launches more policies against corruption,” Zhang said.

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