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China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft

Anti-corruption drive nets almost 37,000 officials between January and November 2013, as President Xi Jinping's promise to tackle graft bears fruit

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 January, 2014, 5:04pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 January, 2014, 5:04pm

China investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November 2013, state media said on Sunday.

Out of the 27,236 cases, 12,824 resulted in “losses for the people” involving a total of 5.51 billion yuan (HK$6.99 billion), Xinhua news agency said without elaborating.

It cited a statement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s top prosecuting body, which could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

China’s top prosecutor Cao Jianming told the National People’s Congress parliament in October that 200,000 people had been probed for embezzlement or bribery between January 2008 and last August.

Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has taken a hard line against graft since coming to power a little over a year ago, warning that corruption could destroy the party.

He has threatened to clamp down on high-ranking officials, or “tigers”, along with low-level “flies” to maintain the purity of the party.

At the same time he has mounted an austerity drive, with a range of measures including limits on banquets and bans on gift-giving.



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Has any officials linked to President Xi, former Premiere Wen or President Hu being indicted for economic or other crimes? It seems that only alliances linked to political adversaries of Xi are indicted. Perhaps his lieutenants and captains are all clean as a whistle in the midst of China's rampant and systematic corruption or could there be another reason (one that's aligned with Xi's own political ambition and power-status) at work here! Whatever the true driver for this latest "anti-corruption" campaign, the Bloomberg's investigative report on Ms. Lily Chang - Premiere Wen's only daughter, MBA from the University of Delaware and independent consultant linked to JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and others who pocketed over $2 Billions in fees from investment banking deals in China, has been effectively squashed. What's Xi's role in suppressing this story? Has China turned a page against corruption or just written a new one on exploiting public sentiments to further one's political ambition? Whatever happened to justice for victims of the political massacre at Tianmen Square on the dawning hours of June 4, 1989? We are approaching its 25th anniversary.
Quote "Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has taken a hard line against graft since coming to power......He has threatened to clamp down on high-ranking officials, or “tigers”, along with low-level “flies” to maintain the purity of the party." ~ How about HK ICAC? Are you going to rake action on the previous CEO of SAR, the high-ranking official who, from what were revealed through the media, seemed to qualify for an investigation?
The big guys will never be prosecuted. I am talking about all of those high level officials who have Children in foreign universities, who have means much higher than their state salaries, etc. If they go to high, it will be clear that the Party is rotten to the core. Even this purge is going to be quite limited and non-public.
The entire blood-thirsty Chinese Communist Party runs on corruption, exactly like the Mafia. Westerners are kept in the dark concerning the atrocities that have been and are still being committed by the vicious CCP, because of corporate greed. Right now the heinous CCP is trying to eliminate by the use of torture, slavery, organ harvesting and murder, the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong who live in Red China. This fact is never mentioned by Western media because of that insatiable greed. Thank you for your concern.
Going after the big guys is good for the national treasury. However, the peoples' sufferings at the hands of the petty officials at county, municipal and village levels are what is more urgently needed stamping out. These include collusion in stealing farmers' lands to sell to developers, intercepting funds from State Government that should go to the relief of the people etc.
Although I am cynical, I wish their corruption crackdown all the luck in the world.
What a rude awakening for China. It's better late than never. Welcome to the 21st century in civilization.
Let's add a few names like our own Donald and that guy formerly at ICAC.
Memo to self. Invest in companies making rubber gloves and safety deposit boxes.
No. Invest in factories that make brick breaking tools like hammers, spades, chisels. They stash their cash in nooks and crannies. Cement seals cracks and it can also be speculated.


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