Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday announced the measures his government will take
this year to check corruption, targeting in particular unnecessary red tape,
collusion between officials and businessmen, extravagance and waste.
Addressing an annual State Council anti-graft conference, Wen told officials
that there were many obstacles in the push to build a clean government. A series
of major corruption cases were exposed last year and there is a "serious"
problem with officials abusing their power or colluding with businessmen to make
"A handful of graft cases involving high-ranking officials have had a very
negative impact on society," Wen said. "Waste and extravagance are rampant among
officials and some issues concerning the immediate interests of ordinary Chinese
Wen said the government would focus on five tasks this year, centering on
regulating the use of executive power:
cut government red tape, streamlining the process of approving projects and
continue the fight against commercial bribery
curb the widespread trend of building and renovating extravagant government
offices exceeding standards
and solve problems of particular concern to the public, including issues
concerning housing, medical care and food safety.
Wen vowed greater efforts in fighting collusion between officials and
businessmen in commercial bribery, especially in cases concerning construction
projects, land leases, pharmaceutical purchases and exploitation of natural
On construction of government offices, Wen said departments that already have
suitable offices would not be allowed to buy new offices or expand their
buildings. And any government office construction deemed a waste or
inappropriate should be stopped or delayed immediately.
"Leaders of governments at various levels should take the lead in the
anti-graft drive. They should strictly ensure that their family members, friends
and close subordinates do not abuse government influence," Wen