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  Ling Jihua has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and prosecutors have opened an investigation into his suspected crimes and decided to arrest him, authorities announced on Monday.
  The arrest of Lin Jihua, former vice top political advisor, seven months after he was placed under internal investigation for disciplinary violations is a reflection of the central authorities' resolve to fight corruption.
  The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee passed the ruling because Ling, according to Xinhua, had taken huge bribes, used his position to seek benefits for others and obtained many core secrets of the Party and the country in violation of Party discipline and the country's laws.
  By forming a political faction during his term in office, Ling poisoned the social atmosphere and soiled the Party's established tradition of serving the people. Ling's faction comprised not only backstage commanders, but also lower-level officials trying to climb up the political ladder. If Ling's activities were not discovered in time, he could have dealt a blow to the cause of the Party and the nation, and entrapped more people his dirty game.
Ling's case should be a vital lesson: a ruling party needs to make system for officials' selection and appointment more open and transparent, or else officials indulging in flattery could be promoted to leading posts despite their mediocrity. Ling's case should also remind us that we should be cautious against and take measures to prevent malpractices in the appointment of officials in some regions and some sections.

( The author is a professor of anti-corruption studies at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.)

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No sympathy for corrupt officials! They are the scourge of society, and the sooner they are rooted out the better for the country, otherwise they could and would use their connections to undermine the State.  If I am not wrong, this was the bloke whose son was killed in a high speed Ferrari crash in Beijing not long ago and he tried unsuccessfully to have it covered up; where did he get that kind of money to finance his expensive lifestlye?

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let me be the devils advocate here..

it was just years back that corruption/bribery was an accepted "tradition" and called lovingly gift giving activity. That propelled the economy of the country in whole.. look at what the economy has become when this  "tradition" was stopped. Drop in property purchase.. drop in gifts,.. branded goods, chinese tea consumption, extravagant liquor and tobacco.. lavish dinners and goods.. All these industry face a shortage of customers..

Chairman Xi and Premier Li call this adjustment the new normal . :)

But anyway .. back to reality.. yes these corrupt officials are scum.. what about the rest of the administration ?
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As a man sows, so he shall reap.
He could become a state leader,which is inseparable from his years of study and hard work.
But today his arrest is closely associated with his greediness and desire.

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Corrupt officials need to be found and removed regardless of their position. This doesn't just apply to China but to all countries.

Dusty1 is quite right, Australia is in the grip of some of the most corrupt politicians we've ever seen, and this is on both sides of the political spectrum.  The problems are no better in most countries.
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