Date
24 May 2017
China's anti-corruption campaign will be extended to lower-ranking officials, Xi Jinping has indicated. Photo: Bloomberg
China's anti-corruption campaign will be extended to lower-ranking officials, Xi Jinping has indicated. Photo: Bloomberg

Anti-graft fight will reach grassroots level in 2016, says Xi

China will not let up on its anti-corruption drive, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, adding that the campaign will reach the grassroots level this year.

Speaking at a conference of the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Xi said more citizens should benefit from the campaign against graft, China Daily reported.

Expressing confidence in the campaign’s success, he urged the party discipline watchdog to be more focused on fighting corruption at the grassroots levels in order to win greater support from citizens.

Xi also pledged to continue the effort to hunt for corrupt officials who have fled abroad.

In other comments, he called for strict adherence to the internal rules of the Party, upholding the nation’s cultural values and replacing informal office customs with open and straightforward rules.

Since Xi was elected to the top post in November 2012, authorities embarked on a sweeping anti-graft campaign.

To date, about 130 high-ranking officials have been placed under investigation for serious violations of discipline, including Zhou Yongkang, the former security tsar who was sentenced to life in prison last year.

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