Corruption on decline, but big fish caught
Updated: 2005-12-18 17:22
With punishment meted out to nearly 50,000 corrupt members of the Communist
Party of China (CPC) over the last two years, a senior party member said
corruption cases are on the decline.
Yong, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of
the CPC, said while the total number of corrupt cases are fewer, there are more
cases involving higher-ranking officials who take bigger bribes and
Han Guizhi, former
chairwoman of the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference, was sentenced to death with a
two-year reprieve last week. [Xinhua file]
He stressed that the CPC Central Committee "has the
determination, capacity and tools to root out corruption."
He made the
remarks in an interview with the latest issue of Study Times.
anti-corruption campaign and Party discipline enhancement are extremely
important for the CPC. A lot of achievements have been made, but we must be
aware that corrupt activities still exist," he said. "The people hate corruption
and require the CPC and government to take strong actions to stop it."
In the past two years, China prosecuted and punished nearly 50,000
corrupt officials at various levels in the nationwide anti-corruption drive,
according to the latest government figures.
Meanwhile, the government
has made efforts to prevent common people's interests from being hurt by corrupt
officials who have been accused of illegally confiscating farmers' land,
embezzling public funds and delaying payment of migrant workers' wages.
"Despite the decline in the overall number of corruption cases there is
a greater number of cases involving higher ranking officials who are accused of
taking larger bribes and severely impairs the image of the CPC and government,"