Party urges faithful to resist riches

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 August, 1993, 12:00am

CHINA'S defence chief called on the communists to resist the temptation of money and fame in the megatrend of the growth of a quasi-capitalist economy, according to official reports.

Days before the Communist Party head Jiang Zemin is due to deliver a major speech on anti-corruption on Friday, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) quoted official statistics as saying that the nationwide crackdown against corruption had attained initial achievements.

Speaking during a tour in Tianjin, Defence Minister Chi Haotian warned that ''some communists have already lost the integrity'' of what a communist should have.

''Their minds are imbued with money and they have violated both the laws and party discipline,'' he said in a China News Service (CNS) report.

General Chi, also a State Councillor, warned that abuses such as corruption, smuggling, embezzlement of funds and ''departmentalism'' were widespread in some departments.

He said the most important task now was to promote the spirit of Yan'an, referring to the frugal and hard life faced by the communists after they took refuge in remote areas to escape from the rival Kuomintang attacks in the 1930s.

''I have often told my officers not to blindly compare with others. Don't just mention the gap of living standards between different military sites.

''If they want to compare, compare with those cadres stationed at the border of Tibet. There is a severe shortage of oxygen there. It is even difficult to take food. Don't just compare with those who get rich after completion of their services . . .If so, the road ahead will get more and more narrow,'' Chi said.

''We communists should have our own realm of thought. Not for money. Not for benefit. Whole-heartedly for revolution and for the people. In the face of the megatrend of commodity economy [we should] resist corruption . . . and be a sober-minded communist,'' the defence chief said.

''The Communist Party, as a ruling party, should take resistance against corruption and peaceful evolution as an important task,'' he said.

In another CNS report, procuratorates and departments of supervision at all levels recorded initial success in cracking down against violation of laws and discipline. It said more than 59,000 cases of violation of law as well as party and government discipline had been found in the first half of this year.

Authorities in major provinces including Hebei, Guangdong, Anhui, Heilongjiang, Sichuan, Shanghai and Hunan have issued anti-corruption directives.

Several major cases involving fraud, corruption and tax cheating have been publicised by the authorities to facilitate the struggle against corruption, the CNS report said.

It said the prosecution and supervisory organs have also united their efforts to alleviate the burden on peasants.

For instance, the Hunan Government has nullified 278 forms of unfair levies on peasants, the report said.