China plans to set up a State-level agency that will report directly to the
State Council, or the Cabinet, as part of efforts to reinforce the
At a press conference in Beijing yesterday, Gan Yisheng, deputy secretary of
the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party
of China, said the government is "preparing actively" for "an agency specialized
in corruption prevention".
proposed "national corruption prevention bureau" will follow some effective
anti-corruption practices overseas, he said.
Gan said the institution will help fulfil China's commitments to the UN
Convention Against Corruption, which the country signed in 2005. The UN General
Assembly adopted the convention in 2003.
Gan declined to reveal the new agency's structure, but said corresponding
units would be established at the provincial level.
Currently, anti-corruption bureaus are affiliated to the prosecutors'
Qu Wanxiang, deputy director of the Ministry of Supervision, told China Daily
that the new agency would be directly under the State Council.
Li Chengyan, a professor of the administration of public affairs at Peking
University, said the agency would probably consist of officials from the
Ministry of Supervision, the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme People's Court,
and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
He said a government agency which orchestrates all political and judicial
resources to fight corruption is definitely needed.
At the press conference, Gan said the anti-corruption drive is making
progress as the number of such cases has been on the decline since 2003, but
added that it would be "impossible" to stem out corruption in a short time.
He said that 97,260 officials 0.14 percent of all Party members were subject
to disciplinary punishment last year.
Of them, 78,980, or 81.2 percent, were punished because of dereliction of
duty or violation of financial and economic discipline; and 3,530 were turned
over to judicial departments.
Gan said that the investigation of some leading officials at the provincial
and ministerial level last year showed the central government's firm
determination to stamp out corruption.
|Opinion: Our corruption
Many people share
the impression that the CPC's and the government's harsh words on
corruption were increasingly matched with serious
Among them was Chen Liangyu, former Party secretary of Shanghai, who was
toppled for alleged involvement in the city's social security fund scandal.
Chen is the highest ranking official sacked for corruption in the past
"The resolve of the Party to investigate Chen demonstrates that if an
official violates the Party's discipline and the law, he will be investigated
and severely punished no matter how high his position or whoever he is," Gan
He said cases of severe disciplinary violations that were turned over to
judicial organs dropped 10.9 percent over the previous year.
(China Daily 02/14/2007 page1)