A REFORMIST leader has proposed new ways to prevent the secretaries and aides of leading politicians becoming involved in corruption.
Wu Guanzheng, party boss of Jiangxi province, recently suggested the assistants of leading cadres be subjected to close supervision, discipline and education.
It is understood Mr Wu, a popular politician, had in mind the central leaders' many secretaries as well as those of the heads of the Beijing municipality who had been detained on graft-related charges.
Corruption cases in different provinces continue to dominate the official media, even though no minister or other senior official has been arrested in the past week.
The semi-official China News Service yesterday quoted Mr Wu as suggesting leading cadres and their secretaries should 'supervise each other'.
Secretaries and aides should not seek material gain from their special position and connections, he said.
Neither should they go out of their way to give improper help and advantages to the relatives and friends of their bosses.
Secretaries should not divulge state secrets and they must subject themselves to the 'supervision of the masses', he added.
His call follows the arrest of a vice-premier's secretary as well as those of top Beijing leaders on charges of corruption.
Sources said, however, it was unlikely Beijing would adopt Mr Wu's suggestions in the near future.
Xinhua (the New China News Agency) reported yesterday that the vice-mayor of Jining, a city in Shandong, had been dismissed for the 'illegal use' of a luxury foreign car.
It said Chen Butan had collected funds from six local companies to buy the Toyota Crown saloon for his own use, in the process 'damaging the party's image'.
Yesterday, the China News Service said a police officer in Guangxi had been detained for his alleged involvement in smuggling 23 Japanese cars from Vietnam last August.
Lei Shaobo, a division head in the Guangxi Public Security Department, allegedly tried to arrange police licence plates for the smuggled vehicles.
However, Western diplomats said that after the removal of former Beijing party boss Chen Xitong last month, the authorities did not want to upset stability by killing more 'tigers' - arresting senior officials - in the short term.
While talking to senior Beijing municipal cadres this week, the new party boss Wei Jianxing emphasised the 'unity of thought' and the preservation of stability.
'The goals, policies, plans, measures, and working system that the Beijing party committee and government had put in place in the past should continue as usual,' Mr Wei said.
'They should not change because of the change of personnel.' Political sources said further personnel changes in the capital would be considered only after the death of Deng Xiaoping, even though many senior cadres in the municipality had lost moral authority.