Date
21 August 2017
Paramilitary police officers watch over pedestrians in Beijing as a key Communist Party meeting tackles legal reform. Photo: AFP
Paramilitary police officers watch over pedestrians in Beijing as a key Communist Party meeting tackles legal reform. Photo: AFP

China to overhaul anti-graft legislation

China will introduce new anti-graft laws to build a better prevention and punishment system against corruption, China Daily reported on Wednesday, citing a key policy document published by the Communist Party of China.

Under the proposed legislation, the legal definition of “bribes” will not be limited to cash and goods but cover all “property interests” used for the purpose of bribery, the report said.

The move to give more teeth to the country’s anti-graft campaign was part of decision approved by the fourth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee last week to advance the rule of law.

It has been noted that officials taking non-monetary presents are not subject to criminal charges under the current criminal law, while many officials accused of graft claim that they only received gifts from friends.

The legislation is expected to make the acceptance of non-monetary gifts of considerable value punishable for all government officials, according to the newspaper.

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