Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for reform to fight graft

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for reform to fight graft
Chinese President Xi Jinping

CHINA- President Xi Jinping called on Tuesday for the Party's disciplinary mechanism to be reformed as China's anti-graft campaign expands.

Officials should abide by the clean-governance rules, and violators must be punished strictly, he said.

"The regulations should not become paper tigers or scarecrows," the president said.

Xi was speaking at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China.

The meeting, held from Monday to Wednesday, is being attended by chief disciplinary officials of provincial governments, ministries, State-owned enterprises and public institutions.

Xi said the anti-graft system should be reformed to ensure that power can be supervised effectively and that disciplinary authorities can work independently.

He spoke highly of anti-graft work carried out last year, saying that investigations into corrupt officials should continue to be enhanced this year.

Officials should keep the public's interests in mind and improve their work style to get close to the people, Xi said.

Public funds should be spent for the people, and public power should be exercised for the people, Xi said.

He said corruption remains rampant on many fronts, requiring long-term efforts and firm determination from disciplinary authorities.

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