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No quota for big 'tigers' netted in anti-corruption campaign

(China Daily) Updated: 2015-04-29 07:51

No quota for big 'tigers' netted in anti-corruption campaign

Guo Zhenggang, former deputy political commissar of the Military Command of Zhejiang province was placed under investigation on Mar 2. [Photo provided]

The official site of the People's Liberation Army announced on April 26 that three more senior military officers are under investigation, bringing the total number of fallen "tigers" (senior corrupt officials) to 102. Some media outlets have even released a chart of "100 tigers" giving details of who they are. Comments:

A careful look at the list of "tigers" will show that about one-third come from the military, of which about half held key positions in logistics departments or provincial military commands. These departments hold a lot of power, yet there is hardly any supervision against them. The fall of so many "tigers" in the military indicates rampant corruption, as well as the firm determination of the central leadership to root it out.

People's Daily, via WeChat, April 26

A good harvest does not mean a farmer will stop working hard. For the same reason, having caged so many "tigers" does not mean the top leadership will stop hunting more corrupt senior officials. Never has any quota been set on the number of "tigers" to be caught. Top Party disciplinary chief Wang Qishan has vowed to continue the fight against corrupt officials to the end, and corrupt officials need to give up the illusion that the anti-corruption campaign is gong to ease., April 27

The hunting down of so many corrupt officials is a victory for the top leadership and the people. But people want the disciplinary and prosecutorial departments to swat more flies (low-level corrupt officials) that directly interact with ordinary people in their daily work, because corruption among them causes more direct harm to people's interests and hurts ordinary people. I hope one day the leadership will be able to swat all the flies.

Zhao Jian, a Beijing-based lawyer, April 28

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