Hu vows fight against corruption
Updated: 2006-06-30 15:33
President Hu Jintao called on Communist Party leaders Friday to stamp
out corruption and do a better job of managing China's ruling party as they
marked the 85th anniversary of its founding.
"Anti-corruption and building a clean
government are an important strategic mission. We cannot slack off for one
moment," Hu said in a nationally televised speech to hundreds of leading party
figures at the Beijing compound where Chinese leaders live and work.
President Hu Jintao speaks to
military officers in Beijing June 27, 2006.
Hu called on the Party members to "enhance our abilities to govern the
China has punished thousands of officials in a multiyear campaign to clean up
graft and abuses.
Former deputy commander of the navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army
(PLA), Wang Shouye, was expelled on Thursday from China's top legislature on
charges of economic crimes, after his mistress turned him in.
According to documents submitted to the NPC, an unmarried young woman
admitted to authorities that she had been keeping an "improper relationship"
with Wang "for a long time."
Two other members of parliament were also stripped of their posts for
Also on Thursday, a court opened in east China's Anhui province to hear the
case of former deputy head of provincial finance department Kuang Bingwen and
his son Kuang Zhongpin, who were charged with taking bribes of 861,000 yuan and
51,000 U.S. dollars and embezzling public funds.
Last year, Chinese authorities investigated 8,490 government officials,
including eight ministerial-level leaders, for corruption, the Xinhua News
Agency reported Thursday. It said nearly 2,000 were convicted in