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  1. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Raising civil servant pay will help reduce corruption

    Posted May 26th 2014, 04:46am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei With basic salaries as low as 2,000 yuan a month, many government workers turn to corrupt practices to earn extra cash Raise civil servant pay to cut graft As President Xi Jinping's unprecedented anti-graft crackdown goes wider and deeper, hardly a day goes by without revelations of the behaviour of corrupt officials who have found themselves in the crosshairs ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Corrupt officials' overseas riches pose sanctions risk for China

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 05:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Western efforts to freeze assets of top Putin allies should jolt Chinese leaders into finally cracking down on assets officials hold abroad Corrupt cadres' overseas ... themselves in a similar situation, facing Western sanctions of overseas assets. The conclusion is a resounding no. It is an open secret that corrupt officials move billions of US dollars ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CHINA BRIEFING

    Corruption crackdown must include reform of China's oft-abused parole system

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 03:57am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Corrupt officials and others sometimes serve only a fraction of their jail sentences because loopholes have not been closed Abuses of parole system must end As the mainland leadership vows to curb rampant corruption, hardly a day goes by without announcements that officials have been sacked and placed under investigation for graft or given lengthy sentences with many ...

  4. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Bureaucratic inertia stalls reform drive

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 06:25am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... frustration. The big irony is that these commentaries, supported by anecdotal evidence from foreign and mainland businessmen, seem to suggest Xi's unprecedented anti-corruption campaign has prompted officials to further withdraw into procrastination and inertia. Xi, ably helped by anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan, has staked his leadership on fighting rampant official corruption to shore ...

  5. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Opaque policymaking is the breeding ground of corruption

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 06:14am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei When policymaking is cloaked in secrecy, people will pay to get their way, and conmen will happily exploit the gullible and greedy Opaque system is the hotbed of corruption ... corruption. While media regulators usually keep a tight lid on negative news about the armed forces, occasional state media reports reveal that fraudsters have been impersonating senior officers ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Justice steps in where stability once ruled

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 06:02am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... protecting their rights, pushing back against bad government policy and decrying the abuse of power by corrupt officials. Abroad, Japan, Vietnam and Philippines- emboldened by Washington's ... are spreading. These are the some of the daunting and severe tests the new leadership faces. Their response has been to launch an unprecedented anti-corruption campaign to take on the powerful interest ...

  7. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Corruption trials expose roles of the "white gloves" who manage the ill-gotten gains

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei xiangwei.wang@scmp.com A corrupt official needs two things: a mistress, and a facilitator to manage the ill-gotten wealth and money-making opportunities for the family White gloves and dirty money The innocuous-sounding euphemism "white gloves" generally refers to a middleman or outfit that launders dirty or corrupt money under a seemingly legitimate front ...

  8. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    After powerful start, Li Keqiang's frustration grows with resistance to reforms

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 05:15am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... the old ones. The unprecedented anti-corruption campaign under way has enabled the new leadership to instil fear in local officials and force them to pay more attention to what Beijing says, yet ...

  9. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Breaking monopolies of state-owned enterprises is key for sustainable economy

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:50am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Giant government-owned corporations, virtual kingdoms in their own right, distort markets and are breeding grounds for corruption Breaking state cartels key to economic shift ... of proper supervision, the state-owned enterprises have become a breeding ground for corruption. In 2009, Chen was given a suspended death sentence- later commuted to life imprisonment- ...

  10. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Legal fate of Zhou Yongkang vexes leadership

    Posted May 05th 2014, 03:56am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Zhou Bin, have been arrested on corruption charges. It's a common tactic by anti-graft investigators going after a senior leader to first target close associates and family members. Zhou ... official to fall on corruption charges since the party came to power in 1949. Some overseas media, caught up in the fervour, have repeatedly predicted the announcement of Zhou's prosecution ...




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