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Gov't to strengthen anti-corruption drive
By Guo Nei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-02-17 07:04

Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday in Beijing that the central government will strengthen anti-corruption efforts this year to build a cleaner government.

He made the remarks at the third national working conference on building a clean government, which was hosted by the State Council.

The working emphasis will focus on eight sectors this year, according to Wen, including the reform of government decision-making mechanisms.

The big government-related decisions must be made in "scientific and democratic ways" and experts must be invited to offer advice. The purpose is to prevent government officials from abusing power.

The supervision on government investment must be perfected, according to Wen, who added that all government investment must be made public and public bidding be invited.

He also emphasized increasing monitoring on State-owned assets and the lease of lands, which is the major channel for officials taking illegal money.

In another development, the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) said it had disciplined 164,831 Party officials, including 15 at ministerial level in the year 2004, in an effort to stamp out corruption.

Wu Guanzheng, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Party's watchdog, made the remarks in his report to the commission's fifth plenary session. The report was published on Tuesday.

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