Enforcement procedures detail corruption battle

By Yan Jie (China Daily)
Updated: 2011-05-11 07:53
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Guidelines say where officials must draw line

BEIJING - Authorities on Tuesday published enforcement procedures for the Party's Integrity Guidelines, which supervise leading officials.

The enforcement procedures took effect in March, and are designed to interpret the guidelines, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, the Party's anti-corruption watchdog.

The publication of the procedures "shows that authorities are willing to share information about anti-corruption campaigns with the Chinese people," said Lin Zhe, an expert on anti-corruption policies and a professor with the Party School of the Central Committee of CPC.

The procedures list a wide range of acts that violate the integrity guidelines, including practices that would be considered corrupt among leading officials.

Lin said the detailed document gives directives for discipline inspection departments to handle cases of corruption in accordance with the guidelines.

Among the 52 acts banned by the guidelines, wrongdoings in the promotion and appointment of officials raise substantial concerns as Chinese local governments select new leading officials at levels of village, township, county, city and province this year.

In the procedures, misconducts are specified as taking advantage of relations such as relatives, schoolmates and colleagues to offer or receive dinner invitations, gifts and other kinds of bribes.

The document also takes gift certificates into account as they are widely used instead of cash to bribe officials.

Hao Heping, a former senior official with the State Food and Drug Administration, received gift certificates worth more than 500,000 yuan ($77,000) as part of the bribes he had taken, according to recent media reports.

"On the whole, the enforcement procedures have offered measures to target corruption more actively and effectively," said Lin.

China Daily

(China Daily 05/11/2011 page4)