China's anti-graft campaign to receive key boost

 China's anti-graft campaign to receive key boost
Former vice-minister of public security, Li Dongsheng.

CHINA - The Party vowed on Wednesday to fight corruption firmly and to maintain its "high-handed posture" in the next five years.

"Corruption is still widespread. The soil that nourishes corruption still exists, and the situation remains critical and complicated," according to a five-year plan (2013-17) aimed at setting up a system to punish and prevent corruption.

The plan was issued by the Party's Central Committee.

Vice public security minister removed from posts It noted that if corruption is not checked, it will critically harm the Party, and "threaten the survival of the Party or nation".

In the plan, the Party reiterates its resolve to fight both the "tigers" and the "flies", a reference to senior and low-ranking officials.

All cases must be investigated and culprits punished more severely to deter others, the plan states, while vowing to resolutely halt the momentum of extensive corruption.

Supervision of officials will be enhanced, according to the guidelines, while officials at ministerial and provincial levels will have to submit a clean-governance report to the central authorities annually.

The authorities will also expand pilot projects that require newly nominated officials to disclose their private assets.

A regulation will be drawn up and applied to officials whose spouses have migrated.

The plan states that the Party faces tests in governing, reform and opening-up and risks from being too distant from the people as well as danger from corruption.

It must "deepen the struggle for Party governance and clean government and fight corruption to ensure that it always maintains the firmness of its core leadership".

The plan outlines areas that will receive particular attention, such as protests and accidents like mine disasters that occur because of corrupt officials.

It also said the Party will pay particular attention to corruption that happens during economic reforms, including the reorganisation of powerful State-owned industries.

"Commercial bribery will be handled sternly and probed, and punishments for giving bribes will be harsher," it said.

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