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Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

State media warns corrupt 'tigers' might fight back against anti-graft forces

Crackdown on graft could trigger backlash by vested interest groups, who fear damage to the party's image, academics say in People's Daily

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 August, 2014, 4:40am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 6:09pm

Academics have warned that efforts to root out graft could trigger a backlash from corrupt "tigers" who might be prepared to "fight to the end".

The warning was contained in a series of articles about the anti-graft campaign written by a group of 13 academics, published on Friday in the People's Tribune, a magazine affiliated with People's Daily. The Daily carried the series on its website yesterday.

"Some corrupt officials might strike back or resist the campaign as they might fight till death," said Guo Wenliang, one of the authors and a party historian with the Guangzhou-based Sun Yat-sen University.

"Some might use the excuse the campaign would damage the party's image and affect social stability in their bid to influence public opinion. Some might collude with other vested interest groups to fight against the anti-graft forces," Guo said.

Analysts said the unusual warning might point to strong resistance to the campaign among certain sectors.

"It certainly suggests a concern among some leaders over the possible risks and repercussions from the campaign," said Zhang Lifan, a party historian formerly with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. "It might also indicate the strong resistance from some vested interest groups," Zhang added.

Thirty-seven officials at the governor-ministerial level have fallen victim in President Xi Jinping's campaign to crack down on corruption.

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party, has vowed to take down both "tigers" - senior corrupt officials - and "flies" - junior-rank corrupt officials.

Last week, the party's decision-making Politburo announced Zhou Yongkang , a former member of its Standing Committee, was being investigated for "serious disciplinary violation" - a term often used for corruption.

Some officials also fear the campaign could damage the party's image, hurt the economy or intensify power struggles among various factions within the leadership.

For many members of the public, it remains to be seen whether the investigation into Zhou is a turning point in government accountability or intended merely as a warning to corrupt cadres.

While most academics have expressed support for the campaign, they also argue that corruption can only be rooted out through rule of law and institutional restructuring that introduces checks and balances over the exercise of official power.

"To cage the power, [we] must strengthen the internal supervision mechanism within the party and public supervision by the masses," said Li Tuo, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance.


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It's to be expected that targeted, high-ranking officials accustomed to unrestrained abuse of power and unbridled corruption will not be reticent while their privileged lives as well as the continued wellbeing of their families and cronies are threatened. Thus far, President Xi's campaign has targeted his political adversaries, their families and cronies while sparing his allies and their lineage of self-serving cadres. Such feudalistic practice of purge and rebuild is well documented throughout Chinese political history. President Xi is no exception. To ensure a lasting legacy, he would be wise to starting building up the rule of laws and the concept of constitutional rights and responsibilities for all citizens. Perhaps, it's no ambitious to assume that he can become a revolutionary leader as a George Washington, Gandhi or Mandela. For him and future Chinese leaders, the courage and wisdom to accept the rule of laws over tyrannical control over vital resources and power will be critical to building a new China where 1/5th of the world population can thrive harmoniously. We can only pray that our divine creator will grant President Xi and other Chinese leaders His grace.
Mafia power struggles.......
The vested interests don't fear being jailed or executed, just fear for the CCP's reputation? What is to lose? I haven't met one person in China who actually thinks well of the Party as a responsible institution. More like fear, like how Americans fear upsetting the NSA or the CIA. You too can instantly be labelled a "terrorist" and then there are no longer any laws to protect you. CCP does the same except they don't even have to name you a "terrorist". They just say you're picking fights causing disharmony. I guess that is what anti-corruption is bringing too, disharmony to those who are corrupt. Maybe we'll see a civil war break out yet.
So the good tigers must be vegetarians or vegans at least
Internal CCP civil war amongst the dirtiest? Bring it ON!!
I don't think your "divine creator" is going to have much impact or influence with a gang of thugs that belong to an officially atheist organization.
Especially one that, as a matter of face, cannot accept western influenced thought such as the concept of constitutional rights & responsibilities for its citizens.
Would have been nice, though...
I'm glad they don't accept western influence otherwise they'd be droning your family to kingdom come & make China/HKG into a "Free Democracy" like the Middle-Eastern paradise of Libya, Iraq, Syria et al after the so called Western liberation invasion/movements.
Don't hold your breath, God isn't.


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