How they see it

Corruption and reform in China

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 5:24am

1. Global Times

Time and again, Chinese history has proven that the key to governing a country is not how to govern its citizens, but its officials. The collapse of past dynasties … is mostly due to rebellions by people ... mainly the result of corruption at the official level or mistakes in social governance. China has now entered the modern world. Its nature has changed fundamentally and the role of officials has also changed … The government has taken the leading role in reforms, while officials' abuses of power and corruption expose certain problems. Some officials still believe their power can guarantee interests for themselves and even their families. Such ideas can only be wiped out through systematic reforms and public opinion. Beijing


2. Gulf News

If China has to take the next big leap onto the higher platform of economic reforms, its image as a progressive nation is important to imprint on the international eye and President Xi Jinping's zero tolerance for corruption paints the right picture. The trial of Bo Xilai, thus, is more of a cumulative denouement influenced by many forces shaping the country in the 21st century rather than a linear political cause-and-effect end game. The scandal, which had both Bo and his wife, Gu Kailai, attain huge proportions of wrongdoing, seared the image of the Communist Party with a heat not seen in many decades … The increasing public dissatisfaction with corruption also is no longer suppressible. Dubai


3. Chicago Tribune

The new regime of Xi Jinping is turning up the heat on corruption, and is making sure you can read all about it. Stories of graft, official excess and corporate malfeasance abound, not only in foreign news outlets but also in domestic publications … Xi has eschewed lavish banquets, opting for simpler meals. "Four dishes, one soup" is a hot political catchphrase. Officials who meet Xi typically leave their luxury cars and fancy wristwatches at home. Sales of French wine, chic cigarettes and delicacies such as shark fin and abalone have plunged … Xi's crackdown is a work in progress ... But given China's historic protection of insiders and tolerance of corruption, this effort is a pleasant surprise. Chicago