BEIJING - Flawed family upbringing is to blame for some of the most serious corruption cases in China, and officials should learn from the examples of heroic figures from the early days of the Communist Party, a top Chinese paper said yesterday.
The People's Daily cited a number of what it called positive models, all of whom were contemporaries of Mao Zedong and known to have instructed their children to resist greed and avoid lucrative ties.
It gave the most space to Chen Yun, recounting that the late leader had strict requirements for his children and led by example.
"If you live in a family which is honest, upright, loving and respectful, good values will naturally rub off on you and be strengthened as these are commonly shared, and the virtues will be passed on," it said.
The paper juxtaposed these good politicians with bad ones including two fallen corrupt officials: Xu Qiyao and Liu Tienan, who reportedly instructed their sons to seek influential ties and shortcuts to success.
The "tigers" - the big-time corrupt officials taken down in recent years - were also cited, including powerful former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua, an aide to former president Hu Jintao.
"It was exactly because their family education was lax and their family conduct was unwholesome that their homes became exchanges of power and money, and their family members became players bound up in a web of special interests," it said.
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