China's Communist Party issues five-year plan on corruption fighting

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 November, 2013, 12:25pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 4:29am

The Communist Party has issued a five-year plan to streamline its internal disciplinary regulations and improve its internal graft-busting functions.

The plan, a response to party leader Xi Jinping's earlier call to limit officials' power by way of a regulatory system, aimed to improve the party's internal inspection mechanism and highlighted the importance of supervising senior officials, China News Service reported.

The party would strengthen its "inspection tour system", sending representatives from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) to audit local governments, in order to expand its graft-busting reach, the report said.

Under the current system, established by party charter in 1982, local disciplinary officials answer to both the CCDI and their corresponding local party committees. That arrangement creates potential conflicts of interest, with investigators reporting to the same people they may be investigating.

The internal party disciplinary watchdog would also improve its system of collecting and handling online information on corruption, protect whistle-blowers and standardise the process for carrying out internal probes, the report said.

The plan is seen as a move to scale down the shuanggui system, where officials undergo secret interrogations and detentions before being handed over to the police and prosecutors. As there is no transparent rule about the maximum length of detention, the system has long been criticised as an abuse of power by investigators.

Last month, a court in Zhejiang sentenced five CCDI officials and a member of a local prosecutor's office to between four and 14 years in jail for torturing Yu Qiyi , an engineer with a state-owned firm, to death while he was under detention.

The party also plans to improve the system of reviewing officials and create a warning system to oust and replace those who repeatedly violate internal rules. Party officials will also be required to log their personal details, including their assets, through an improved system over the next five years.

The public has for years called for the establishment of a system for the disclosure of party officials' personal assets to combat corruption.

The five-year plan also says the Communist Party will improve transparency regarding internal regulations by making it the norm for relevant documents to be released publicly.