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Sub-anchor: China vows to strike "tigers and flies"

01-10-2014 20:37 BJT

Authorities say more than 180 thousand officials were disciplined in 2013, and there were 1.95 million tip-offs from the public. Certainly some big numbers there. Now to get behind those numbers to give us a better sense of the anti-corruption drive in China in 2013, joining me in the studio is my colleague Wu Haojun.

Q1: “Tigers” and “flies”... the words used by President Xi to describe corrupt officials in powerful and subordinate positions. So how has the anti-corruption drive panned out against these two groups?

A: There have been many media reports describing 2013 as the year that a war on corruption was declared. The central commission for discipline inspection said on Thursday that no sector or political rank would be exempt in the crackdown. An all-out war indeed. First, looking at the tigers. Since Xi Jinping became party chief 13 months ago, China’s anti-graft watchdog has launched investigations into 19 ministerial-level officials. To brush up on memory here, it began with the sacking of Li Chuncheng, former deputy party secretary of Sichuan in December 2012. And the latest to fall from grace was Li Chongxi, top political adviser of the same province. The so-called "flies" are under attack as well. The commission says it had investigated 83,000 cases in China’s rural areas and disciplined 87,000 officials. It’s certainly walking the walk when it said the anti-graft campaign would know no "restricted areas".

Q2: Speaking of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection… Ten inspection teams sent to various provincial regions have been in the media spotlight. Tell us more about their work.

A: Certainly.. simply said, they are the biggest fear of corrupt officials nationwide. In 2013, Ten inspection teams were dispatched to local governments, ministries, commissions and even state-owned enterprises. Two rounds of inspection were conducted last year. Each round of visits by the inspection teams lasted around two months and their contact details were publicized to seek public tip-offs. And to those who doubt their efficacy, here are some numbers to chew on. The teams were able to submit1,879 corruption-related lead to the country’s discipline inspection organs, which included but was not limited to the corrupt practices of 6 high ranking officials.


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