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Expert: Corruption rampant in China over past ten years


10-20-2014 12:33 BJT

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Victor Gao also shared with us his perception on China's corruption situation. He said the current Chinese government has done a lot to curb corruption, with a number of high-ranking officials being investigated. He suggested the government to make institutional reforms, in order to weed out the phenomenon.

"Corruption is rampant in China, especially over the past ten years or so. The new government under President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have taken important steps already in reining corruption. Mr. Wang Qishan has mentioned, first of all, they need to reverse this mega-trend of corruption in China. Therefore, they are going after major corruption cases, weeding out corrupt officials. Even those officials who have already retired, from their positions a few years ago, are also investigated and eventually brought to justice. This will bring in a new atmosphere in China’s political life. And officials will learn that it is not only illegal to practice corruption in China, but also the legal consequences will be harsh. Therefore, I think the party really needs to make institutional changes, to make sure the checks-and-balance are really worked out. So individuals in positions of high power will not be allowed to practice corruption, even if they want to. If there are enough checks-and-balance, they will not practice such corruptions. This will be a major landscape change in China. We are not there yet. Government officials in higher position can really build their position and enrich themselves. And enrich their own circle of personal friends, resulting in huge loss in their public treasury. And also huge destruction and damage of confidence of the people in the government and in the party. It’s high time for China and the ruling party to make such institutional reforms. So that well-established check-and-balance will be institutionalised, and corruption will not be tolerated and moving forward," Gao said.

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