BEIJING -- China's determination to fight
corruption was further highlighted with 444 government officials in north
China's Shanxi Province disciplined in a just completed three-month campaign.
The provincial disciplinary watchdog's strike is being regarded a powerful
epilog to the past year's fight against corruption, which featured the fall of
numerous high-ranking officials.
The most infamous case was that of the former Shanghai party chief Chen
Liangyu, who was allegedly involved in a social security fund scandal.
Other sacked senior officials include former vice mayor of Beijing Liu
Zhihua, former top procurator of Tianjin Li Baojin, former vice governor of
Anhui He Minxu and former deputy head of Jiangsu provincial legislature Wang
Apart from the crackdown on power abuse, illegal private gains and
dereliction of duty, the ruling party has pointed its anti-graft drive at
Statistics showed that during the first 10 months of last year, China dealt
with 8,010 commercial bribery cases, involving 880 million yuan (110 million
U.S. dollars). Procuratorates of various levels approved the arrest of 5,117
suspects and has prosecuted 4,212 of them.
By September last year, China's courts had heard 233 bribery cases related to
company employees and 5,429 such cases involving government workers, up 10.43
percent and 3.5 percent, respectively, compared to the first nine months of the
Commercial bribery usually refers to bribes offered by companies to
government officials in exchange for special favors.
Gan Yisheng, an official with the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central
Commission for Discipline, said the anti-graft work focused on three areas --
dignifying Party and government regulations, digging out corrupt officials and
deterring commercial bribery.
Wu Guanzheng, head of the commission, once urged Party members to form
correct views about power, benefits and morality and to resist temptation and
The commission is striving to set up a comprehensive legal framework for
fighting corruption and building a clean government by 2010. The specific
regulations, systems and mechanisms to enrich the framework will be in place by