Work-related bribes expected to rise this year, report says
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Work-related graft will continue to grow this year after surging last year, the mainland's leading think tank said in an annual report released on Monday, urging the new leadership to immediately launch institutional reforms to root out a culture of corruption.
Xinhua also released a speech on Monday given by Wang Qishan, the head of the Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog, during a national meeting on Friday. Wang told the mainland's top discipline officials the country was accelerating the drafting of a national anti-corruption law and the supervision of civil servants with relatives living abroad would be strengthened.
In an annual report about China's legal environment, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said more corruption cases were being exposed because of Beijing's recent crackdown on such crimes. It said many family members of officials were found to be involved in corruption, and that made it difficult for supervisory agencies to investigate corruption cases.
According to a nationwide poll conducted by CASS, only half of high-level officials believed the relatives of cadres should abstain from profit-making activities.
The "Annual Report on the Rule of Law", a collection of articles by scholars and judges discussing the major policy and legislative debates of the past year, identified "the family members of officials" as a major weak point in the mainland's ongoing efforts to combat corruption.
The CASS report also said more than 20 per cent of the officials interviewed believed it was legally acceptable to accept a certain amount of gifts or treats. More than 40 per cent said it was acceptable if the gift-giver is not related to their work.
Li Lin, the director of the CASS Institute of Law and the co-editor of the report, said: "The system needs to … better regulate the officials. The fundamental way of eliminating official corruption is to have a functioning legal system." He said another key issue was weak enforcement.