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Anti-graft fight has to be taken to next level

By Xie Pengcheng (China Daily) Updated: 2014-03-10 07:09

For a country that still needs to overcome a series of institutional difficulties and obstacles to comprehensively deepen reforms, China must launch a resolute and deeper anti-corruption campaign to dig out both high-ranking "tigers" and low-level "flies".

The gap between the rich and the poor, a deteriorating environment, the wasting of land, man-made calamities, as well as the existence of some ugly and evil social phenomena are to a large extent related to market imperfections, inequitable competition, the abuse of power and corruption.

Anti-graft fight has to be taken to next level

Anti-graft fight has to be taken to next level
For China, reform of its economic system remains the focal point of efforts for more comprehensive and deepened reforms. The key task is how to handle the relations between the government and the market to make the market play a decisive role in the distribution of resources and make the government function better.

Addressing such problems as deficiencies in the market mechanism, excessive government intervention and the failure to put effective supervision in place will not just help deepen China's economic systematic reforms, it will also help strengthen and improve its corruption punishment and prevention system.

The establishment of such an anti-corruption mechanism will also help the market play a decisive role in economic activities, maintain the order of market competition, more effectively curb social unfairness and enable the comprehensive deepening of reforms.

A more resolute fight against corruption will help eliminate the resistance and obstacles to reforms.

Corruption has not only compromised the interests of the public and the whole nation, it has also hampered the country's efforts to advance comprehensive and deepened reforms.

Three decades ago, there were also officials who felt reluctant or who did not dare to push forward reforms, but this was mainly because of their closed minds, tunnel vision and lack of knowledge - and also a result of China's long policy of secluding itself from the outside world.

However, after more than 30 years of reform and opening-up, the minds of the majority of officials have already been emancipated, their field of vision has been widened, their knowledge enriched and they have cultivated sharper perceptions of the problems China now faces and the countermeasures needed.

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