More than 67,500 officials have been punished for corruption in the past
three years, a senior official of the Supreme People's Procuratorate said
"The figures show that we are determined to root out corruption," said Wang
Zhenchuan, deputy procurator-general, citing official figures from January 2003
to August 2006.
Wang made the remarks while addressing about 1,000 representatives from
international anti-corruption bodies at a five-day Beijing conference that
started on Sunday.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) is
greeted by Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime, after his speech at the opening of the first
annual conference of the International Association of Anti-Corruption
Authorities in Beijing October 22, 2006.
Top prosecutor Jia Chunwang told the First Annual Conference and General
Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities
yesterday: "The Supreme People's Procuratorate is willing to co-operate with
other countries in the fight against corruption."
He added there is a welcome trend for anti-corruption authorities around the
globe to join hands in fighting graft; and that his office had signed 83
anti-graft memorandums with 75 law enforcement departments around the world.
At the opening ceremony on Sunday, President Hu Jintao emphasized that China
is fully committed to fighting corruption.
"We see the fight against corruption a top priority, a pressing task that has
great influence on the overall development of the country, and which affects the
fundamental interests of the people, equality, justice, social harmony and
stability," Hu said.
Hu's words came amid the spiralling Shanghai social security fund scandal
which brought down Chen Liangyu, then the Party secretary of Shanghai and a
member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central
Chen is the highest ranking official to fall in corruption probes in the past
In the first eight months of this year alone, more than 17,505 corrupt
officials were prosecuted and punished, according to government figures. Chinese
procuratorates each year probe nearly 40,000 alleged corruption cases.
Analysts said international co-operation is crucial for China, which is
trying to net dozens of crooked officials who fled overseas ahead of, or during,
Police records show that 500 people suspected of serious economic crimes,
mostly corrupt officials, live at large in other countries. The money involved
adds up to a staggering 70 billion yuan (US$8.75 billion).
Wang said Chinese law enforcement officials, with the help of other
countries, had nabbed and brought back 70 corrupt officials from abroad.
China does not have bilateral extradition treaties with most Western
developed countries, but the United Nations Convention against Corruption can be
a major help, Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of UN Office On Drugs and
Crime, told China Daily yesterday.
"I am very optimistic about that," Costa said, noting that the lack of
bilateral agreements should not be a hindrance for extradition.