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Hu makes stern corruption warning

(Global Times)   08:18,    January 10, 2012


Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, speaks at a plenary session of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the party's anti-corruption body, in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

President Hu Jintao Monday called for strict discipline to be maintained within theParty, broadly seen as a stern warning against corruption amid elections of Party committees at all levels.

"The Communist Party of China (CPC) will tighten supervision on the whole procedure of electing and promoting officials and will improve transparency," Hu said at a plenary session of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the party's anti-corruption body.

"The Party will improve the education of senior and chief officials in its newly-elected organs. Newly-elected members of CPC committees should stick to the principles ofputting people first and serving the people," said Hu, also the general secretary of theCPC Central Committee.

"We should be fully aware that the battle against corruption is complicated and difficult yet we should be confident and step up efforts," the president added, vowing to work to prevent corruption before it happens.

The elections of CPC committees from township to provincial levels started last year.The CPC is expected to elect a new central committee at its 18th National Congress,scheduled to be held in the second half of 2012.

The Xinhua News Agency quoted a CCDI official as saying that 17 provincial CPCcommittees will hold elections this year, and deputies to the 18th National Congress ofthe CPC, National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political ConsultativeConference will also be elected.

Mao Shoulong, a professor of the Public Administration Institute under the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times that Hu's warning was timely.

"Corrupt officials who buy and sell government posts or recruit henchmen instead of competent personnel need to take note of this warning," Mao said.

With more and more public attention attached to government elections, wrongdoings in the process have been increasingly exposed by the media and on the Internet, which has pushed authorities to increase the transparency of elections, Mao added.

According to Xinhua, authorities have hired more than 73,000 inspectors across the country to supervise the elections. Last year, supervisory bodies received 846 reportsof election fraud nationwide, among which 52 were verified, with 73 violators being punished.

Zhang Bingsheng, a former mayor of Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, was sacked last year for using text messages to win votes for the post of deputy provincial governor.

In another case, Hu Jianyong, Party secretary of Yudu county in Jiangxi Province,organized the slander of other candidates. He was removed from his post in July.

Lin Zhe, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, told the Global Times that in order to prevent such wrongdoing in the selection and promotion of officials, an accountability system must be put in place.

"Those who nominate or promote corrupt or incompetent officials should be held accountable. So should those who are responsible for supervising them," Lin said.


According to the CCDI, from July 2009 to November 2011, disciplinary watchdogs uncovered more than 20,000 corruption cases involving land use, transportation, railways, hydropower and urban infrastructure building projects.

In this same period, more than 15,100 officials received disciplinary punishments. Among them, 89 were prefecture-level officials and 1,465 were above the county level.

One of the most high-profile cases involved former railway minister Liu Zhijun, whowas sacked in February for "serious disciplinary violations."


State media alleged that Liu had taken more than 800 million yuan ($126.8 million) in kickbacks over several years on contracts linked to the construction of high-speed rail.

A blue paper on the fight against corruption released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences last month said that in some regions, "one-third of officials being removed for corruption held top local posts."

"It has become a chronic problem. A corrupt official who holds a top post would set a bad example, and taint all his underlings. We have witnessed quite a few examples of this in the past, such as former Shanghai Party secretary Chen Liangyu and his followers," Lin said.

"In fact, we do not lack regulations. The problem is that many of them are just empty shells," Lin noted.

The paper found that more than 80 percent of people surveyed believed the government is working hard to fight corruption. Nearly 60 percent said they are "very confident" or "relatively confident" of authorities' anti-corruption efforts.

Zhu Shanshan and agencies contributed to this story.


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Corruption is crucial threat, Wen says


Updated: 2012-03-27 04:04By Tong Hao and Zhao Yinan (China Daily)

The government will mull over the possibility of publicizing assets of officials to a limited circle as an effort to fight corruption, Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday.



"Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party," Wen said at the State Council's annual conference on anti-corruption work, adding that corruption may completely undermine the country's political foundations if not handled properly.


Despite taking consistent measures to fight corruption in previous years, Wen conceded that the overall performance of the government and officials has yet to meet the public's expectations.


"Corruption tends to occur frequently in departments that possess great power and in areas where the management of funds is centralized. Corruption cases involving State-owned enterprises and high-level officials are still serious," Wen said.


The country has not worked out a timetable or any details of the assets declaration policy. If the policy is carried out in the future, Wen said, it will be made public "within a certain range”.


In addition, he called for tighter management of and discipline over officials, especially those whose spouses and children have gone to live overseas.


The money spent on overseas trips, receptions and vehicle purchases and maintenance bygovernment officials will also be strictly controlled. Wen pledged no increase of such government expenditure this year.


"Public funds should never be allowed to buy cigarettes, high-end wines and gifts. The use ofgovernment vehicles and construction of government office buildings should also be strictly managed. Luxurious buildings or decorations will be prohibited. The number of ceremonies, forums and conferences should be controlled," Wen said.


So far, 98 central government departments and some of the provincial and city governments have publicized expenditure on overseas trips, receptions and vehicles, according to Wen.


He said the government should improve transparency and create favorable circumstances for thepublic to supervise the government and officials.


Li Chengyan, head of Peking University's clean government research center, said the conference is "timely" since corruption has become one of the prominent challenges to the Communist Party of China.


Li noted that the wording used by Wen at the conference is forceful and shows a strongerdetermination to address the issue.


The Supreme People's Procuratorate said in its annual work report this month that prosecutors across the country investigated about 18,500 major cases of corruption and embezzlement in 2011, with seven minister-level officials having been investigated.


Contact the writers at tonghao@chinadaily.com.cn and zhaoyinan@chinadaily.com.cn


Xinhua contributed to this story.



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Hunt for bank boss who had 100m yuan

By Pan Zheng (Shanghai Daily)09:24, March 26, 2012

POLICE are seeking the former boss of a bank in east China's Jiangsu Province, afterhe allegedly fled with more than 100 million yuan (US$15.87 million) he had amassedin loans.

Sun Feng, about 40, was director of the Agricultural Bank of China's Yaosai branch inJiangyin City, Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

He traveled to Thailand with his wife, parents, son and daughter on December 28, andhas yet to return, the report said.

Police believe Sun took with him more than 100 million yuan which he personallyborrowed.


Wu Yidian, a 31-year-old Singaporean female employee of Standard Chartered PLC,was placed under criminal detention in the neighboring Wuxi City on March 6.

Police suspected she provided her client Sun, who had a Singaporean passport, with help in transferring money abroad, the report said.

A local company executive in Jiangyin said Sun usually borrowed at a high interestrate of around 20 percent. Lenders gave him the money because they were reassuredby Sun's title.

Police said they have sent officers to several southeast Asian countries.




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Zhou Yongkang stresses political, legislative work

(Xinhua)    07:53,    March 27, 2012


Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, addresses the first term of training classes for officials from political and legislative organs around the country, in Beijing, capital of China, March 26, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)


BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leader Zhou Yongkang on Monday called for improved work by political and legislative departments and stressed the Party's leadership.

Zhou, secretary of the Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the comments as the first term of training classes began for officials from political and legislative organs from around the country.

Zhou demanded greater efforts to improve political and legislative work so as to consolidate the Party's ruling status, maintain the country's stability and prosperity and safeguard peoples' livelihoods.

Zhou, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, urged political and legislative organs at all levels to resolutely adhere to the Party's leadership over their work and act in line with the policies of the CPC Central Committee on cardinal issues.

He called for leadership construction among political and legislative organs at various levels to ensure the implementation of the Party's policies and the country's laws.






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$77m embezzled from high-speed rail project
Updated: 2012-03-19     17:34     (Xinhua)


BEIJING - China's auditing authorities said on Monday that 491 million yuan ($77.84 million) had been embezzled from the Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway project.


In a report based on an audit conducted between June and September in 2011, the National AuditOffice (NAO) listed some irregular practices in the construction and management of the project.


Purchases that were not made through standard bidding involved 849 million yuan, while the cancellation of wind-shielding barriers construction in some sections meant 413 million yuan of purchasing funds was not used, according to the report.

As of the end of May last year, construction companies for the Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway held 8.251 billion yuan in arrears, 5.879 billion to material suppliers and 2.372 billion to construction labors, the report said.


After three years' construction, the 1,318-kilometer railway linking Beijing and Shanghai went into operation in June last year.


China plans to invest 217.6 billion yuan on the project and investment made by June last year totaled 196.27 yuan, the NAO said.


The final cost is yet to be known as some investment changes have not been confirmed, the reportsaid.



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Corruption destroyed the Roman Empire, as well as the relatively short-lived U.S. "superpower"... and it will destroy China's future as well, if not controlled and rolled back.

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