Premier Zhu Rongji yesterday blasted cadres for continued corruption and vowed to do more to combat graft this year. The State Council boss chaired a meeting in Beijing to set this year's anti-corruption agenda, Xinhua reported. Mr Zhu admitted graft remained a serious problem in the bureaucracy and said many senior cadres continued to trade power for personal gain. However, the Premier warned that many problems still existed in the course of building a clean and honest government. He cited such abuses as extravagance, government waste, embezzlement, misuse of the law, and arbitrary fines and fee collections, Xinhua reported. 'Some cadres in government departments twisted and distorted facts [in their reports], engaged in falsification and embellishment in reporting their achievements, made up lies to their superiors, and covered up their mistakes to their subordinates. Moreover, the problem of indulgence in luxury and extravagance remains conspicuous,' he was quoted as saying. The Premier promised to 'get tough' with violators and build an honest and clean government. However, he was unable to outline new initiatives in his address, merely repeating that the campaign would focus on three broad areas: the establishment of separate accounts for government revenue and expenses to prevent fraud and cheating; reform of the Government's vetting system; and the popularisation of open tenders in approving government contracts.