BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday pledged a more severe and
systematic crackdown on corruption in a key-note speech delivered at a national
Hu, who is also the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China (CPC), made the call at the Seventh Plenary Session of
the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), a three-day meeting
that started on Monday.
Acknowledging the progress the commission had made in the past year, Hu said
the Party still faced an "arduous fight against corruption".
Hu told senior Party officials and the 110 CCDI members attending the session
that they should continue to work on investigating "major and high-level
corruption cases" and sternly punishing crooked officials.
anti-graft fight last year led to the downfall of several senior officials,
including former Shanghai party chief Chen Liangyu,former Beijing Vice Mayor Liu
Zhihua, and former top statistician Qiu Xiaohua.
Chen was China's highest ranking official to fall in a corruption scandal in
Hu called on government officials and Party cadres at all levels to establish
a comprehensive system to prevent and punish corrupt officials, and to blend
anti-graft efforts into the country's economic, political, and cultural