Cadres' relatives in graft firing line

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 12:00am

New rules narrow route for the spoils of corruption

Party cadres and business officials will be required to report the overseas travel and employment of their family members under new anti-corruption measures.

The system, introduced by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission, is being implemented in four places under a trial scheme, according to a report by China Youth Daily yesterday.

The reform was proposed by the non-communist Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League and Zhang Hongwu , a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The experimental system is already in operation in Xiangfan city in Hubei province, Suzhou city in Shanxi province, and at the Petroleum Machinery Factory and the Guohua electricity power company of Shenzhou Group Holdings in Beijing.

It has become common for family members of senior cadres to migrate to foreign countries or send their children to study abroad.

In its proposal, the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League said there was a growing trend for corrupt officials to flee overseas with huge amounts of money.

'An increasing number of corrupt officials have fled overseas to join their families to escape punishment at home,' it said.

The newspaper cited corrupt cadres sending their children to study in the United Kingdom as a common method to pave the way for their getaway.

'Some cadres who are in leading positions and managers of state-owned enterprises not only hide their money in accounts of their children in the UK, they are on a buying spree snapping up valuable properties there,' the daily said.

Commission officials said further measures to fight corruption would be taken after they had assessed the success of the experiment.

In its national working conference that ended last week, the commission pledged to study the areas of punishment, supervision and prevention.