A high price and ease of portability made cordyceps a popular currency among corrupt officials. Photo: David Wong

‘Himalayan Viagra’ the focus of China’s latest anti-corruption campaign

  • Fungus that grows on caterpillars and sells for more than gold has become a popular currency among crooked officials
  • Authorities in Qinghai province announce three-month campaign to combat use of ‘local specialities’ to finance crime
Topic |   Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign

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A high price and ease of portability made cordyceps a popular currency among corrupt officials. Photo: David Wong
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Xi Jinping recently told the Party School that cadres must be ‘clean and loyal’, but loyalty was paramount. Photo: Xinhua

China’s Communist Party introduces another loyalty test, but now cadres are asked to show some initiative too

  • Regulations governing who gets promotion will also require candidates to be given a clean bill of health by the anti-corruption watchdog
  • Rules show customary hallmarks of Xi Jinping’s efforts to stamp his imprint on party, but one observer warns they could harm morale
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Xi Jinping recently told the Party School that cadres must be ‘clean and loyal’, but loyalty was paramount. Photo: Xinhua
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