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Chinese tipsters giving a major boost to Xi's graft battle

Government anti-graft agencies received nearly 2 million tip-offs from citizens across the country, resulting in thousands of prosecutions and punishments

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 January, 2014, 2:33pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 January, 2014, 4:54am

Chinese president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping appears to be getting plenty of help from the public in his escalating campaign to root out corruption in the world’s largest political organisation of more than 85 million.

Anti-graft agencies across mainland China received 1.95 million reports from informants or whistle-blowers last year, which led to the prosecution of more than 172,500 cases and punishment meted out against 182,000 officials for violating party discipline, Huang Shuxian, a deputy director of the Party’s Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection (CCDI), said in a press conference on Friday.

In an annual report published on Tuesday, CCDI, the party’s top graft-fighting body, said reports from the public were an important information source for its investigations.

The annual report also highlighted the importance of the new CCDI website, believed to be a brainchild of Wang Qishan, the head of the commission and a member of Politburo Standing Committee, the Party’s top power club.

Since its launch in September, ordinary citizens across the country have been able to report suspected corruption cases directly to the commission via the site. The commission says it has received an average of 760 reports per day.

Wang Qishan called the website a channel for people to exercise their right of supervision, and “a major move to improve anti-corruption work under new circumstances”, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Earlier reports from Xinhua also said the site helped expose hundreds of cases involving officials violating government and party discipline, including using official vehicles for private purposes or spending public funds on lavish entertainment.

The annual report released after president Xi Jinping made a keynote speech earlier this week in a high-profile meeting, which attended by three members of the party’s decision making Standing Committee. Xi urged officials to root out corruption from their own ranks and to “clean up the black sheep”.

Fighting corruption has been a centrepiece of Xi’s administration.

The commission said it had investigated 83,000 cases in rural areas and punished 87,000 officials.

Xinhua also said last year’s crackdown on corruption had shown the top leaders of the party have “zero tolerance” for graft, no matter the officials are “tigers” or “flies”.


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Do not let this article give you the impression that the blood-thirsty Chinese Communist Party has changed in any way. Only the leader has changed and he is just cleaning out the last gangster's henchmen so that he can put in his. The entire filthy CCP is run on corruption, brutality, brainwashing, torture and murder. Since1999, the heinous CCP has been attempting the genocide of the tens of millions of innocent Falun Gong practitioners by the use of torture, slavery, organ harvesting and murder. This is the true nature of the CCP. Thank you for your consideration.
As I said before, encouraging the citizens to report cases of suspected corruption (and perhaps share in one-half of the confiscated money) had actually been done in ancient China.
I couldn't imagine that this is really being done in China right now.
Xi really means serious business!
Why is Zhang deJiang in the same administration if Xi JP and Li Keqiang looking for clean govt? Ahh, the Dongbei Mafia connections.
As a complementary policy, perhaps it is necessary to increase (say double or even treble) the wages, benefits and pensions of all the civil servants and cadres across the board.
And gradually replace the leaders in each rank of the government by well-trained university graduates with corresponding experiences in the related posts.
While China struggles to fight its corruption, Hong Kong's top level sinks further into the mire and ICAC controlled by political cronies is paralysed with inaction.
Perhaps credit must also be given to Wang Qishan, 6th-ranked member of Politburo Standing Committee, Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
He is said to be one of Xi's two most-trusted aides.
(The other is Liu Yunshan, 5th-ranked member of Politburo Standing Committee, Top-ranked Secretary of the CPC Central Secretariat, Chairman of the Central Guidance Commission for Building Spiritual Civilization, President of the Central Party School.)
(From Oriental Daily, 10 January, 2014)
What would happen to the tipsters if they blew the whistle on Xi Jinping or Wen Jiabao? Would they not be arrested? What happened to the New York Times and Bloomberg News when it reported these things? Just shows that the corruption crackdown is a farce. This is a political campaign and has nothing to do with corruption.


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