18th Party Congress

The Chinese Communist Party's 18th Congress, held in Beijing November 8-14, 2012, marked a key power transition in China. A new generation of leaders, headed by Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, took over from the previous leadership headed by Hu Jintao. The Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee was reduced in number from nine to seven. Unlike his predecessor Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao handed over both the Party General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission positions to Xi.  

Timeline: what the Party and its leaders said about corruption over the years

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 10:29am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 11:53am

July 1993

Beijing observed the 72nd birthday of the Chinese Communist Party with a pledge to curb corruption, deemed the nation's most serious problem.

March 1994

Communist Party boss Jiang Zemin called for renewed efforts to combat corruption and said the battle against graft could not be won overnight.


May 1995

A reformist leader proposed new ways to prevent the secretaries and aides of leading politicians becoming involved in corruption.


June 1996

Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily celebrated the party's 75th birthday with a call for younger blood and a purge of the corrupt, a sign of the policies that may define its 1997 congress.


December 1997

President and party General Secretary Jiang Zemin vowed to take tough action against leading cadres who try to shield corrupt officials from punishment.


July 1998

President Jiang Zemin ordered the People's Liberation Army to quit its sprawling business empire as the government seeks to end rampant smuggling and corruption.


January 1999

President Jiang Zemin ordered an all-round purge of corrupt party cadres to prevent social unrest.


September 2000

Courts in four cities began long-anticipated trials in China's biggest corruption scandal, a web of smuggling and kickback cases that allegedly reached into the ruling inner circle and caused rifts among mainland leaders.


July 2001

President Jiang Zemin vowed to lead the Communist Party's "life-and-death" fight against corruption, but an outspoken critic said his speech failed to break new ground.


November 2002

"If we don't crack down on corruption, the flesh and blood ties between the party and people will suffer and the party will be in danger of losing its ruling position, or possibly heading for self-destruction." - President Jiang Zemin said in a speech at the 16th Communist Party Congress


October 2003

The minister of land and resources was reportedly suspended for alleged corruption, in the most significant scandal in the central government since President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao took office in March.


July 2004

The Chinese Communist Party marked its 83rd anniversary with President Hu Jintao stressing the need for a capable and clean ruling party.


December 2005

Communist Party leaders pledged to continue the battle against graft next year with special emphasis on corruption in the business sector and more help for farmers.


July 2006

President Hu Jintao called for intensified efforts to eliminate corruption within the Communist Party as he warned that widespread ills were undermining its authority, following a spate of graft cases involving top officials.


July 2007

Former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu would be prosecuted in the nation's highest-level corruption case in more than a decade following a 10-month investigation.


January 2008

The Communist Party's graft watchdog ordered tougher measures against corruption and poor discipline, setting out specific targets as it wrapped up a three-day plenary session.


July 2009

Hu Jintao said Communist Party members should be encouraged to supervise and make suggestions on all matters concerning intraparty democracy, including efforts to clamp down on corruption within the party.


December 2010

In its first white paper documenting its fight against official corruption, Beijing vowed to strengthen efforts but acknowledged that the task of building a clean government is "complicated and arduous".


January 2011

President Hu Jintao pledged that the Communist Party would fight against corruption with more forceful and "people-oriented" measures amid growing social discontent, state media reported.


January 2012

President Hu Jintao stressed the importance of maintaining the "purity" of the Communist Party, urging cadres yesterday to spare no efforts in cracking down on corruption amid leadership changes across the country, state media reported.



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