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China gaining ground against graft

By Xinhua (China Daily) Updated: 2016-01-15 08:00

While China is gaining ground to overcome corruption, the Communist Party of China has continued the fight against corruption to ensure clean governance.

Over the past three years, the CPC has been working hard to redress the problem of being too lenient in managing the Party, and has striven to build a system in which officials "do not dare, are not able, and are unwilling to be corrupt".

The efforts are paying off, said President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, at the start of the three-day sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Tuesday.

Xi called on all Party members to "maintain confidence in the CPC Central Committee's anti-corruption intent, the campaign's achievements, the positive energy it brings and the prospects of our fight against corruption".

Gao Bo, a political researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believes the CPC is on the right path to advance the clean governance campaign.

The achievements of the campaign to fight corruption and promote frugality over the past three years prove that the CPC is capable of making changes to overcome corruption, he said.

In 2015, more than 40 centrally administered officials were expelled from the CPC for violating the Party's code of conduct.

Nationwide, 91, 550 officials were punished for corruption or violations of the Party's frugality rules.

"In addition to the growing number of corrupt officials being punished, the CPC's anti-corruption drive is making progress in redressing the root of the problem," he said.

Zhuang Deshui, vice-director of the clean government research center at Peking University, said Xi's remarks at Tuesday's meeting have forcefully refuted doubts that the anti-corruption campaign in China may stall or be distracted.

Xi stressed during the meeting that the CPC Central Committee remains determined to combat corruption and its goal to resolutely contain the problem remains unchanged.

New measures by the Party to further the drive can be expected, he said.

Though the anti-corruption stance has consolidated the confidence and minds of CPC members, the situation facing the anti-graft campaign is still grave and requires unrelenting efforts, said Zhang Li, a CCDI member and local disciplinary official in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

Gao said that the anti-corruption campaign is a "special window" that reveals new approaches in the CPC's governance.

The firm stance of the Party in carrying on the anti-corruption fight also indicates that the new approaches and achievements have been recognized by the Party and society, he added.

The CPC is taking the initiative with concrete measures to build Party integrity, promote clean governance and fight corruption, said Liu Jincheng, a clean governance researcher at China University of Mining and Technology.

Liu noted that with measures to promote and enforce the Party's code of conduct, improve Party officials' work styles and tighten intra-Party regulations, the CPC is systematically rolling out a strategy for strictly and comprehensively governing the Party.

China gaining ground against graft

Visitors look at a display about Zhou Yongkang's trial at the China Court Museum in Beijing on Thursday. Zhou, the former security chief, was sentenced to life imprisonment in June for accepting bribes, abusing power and disclosing State secrets. Feng Yongbin / China Daily

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