BEIJING, November 29 (Xinhua) -- China dealt with 10,992 cases of commercial
bribery, involving some 3.29 billion yuan (411 million U.S. dollars), between
August 2005 and September 2006, said a senior official of the Party disciplinery
total of 2,537 cases, or 23.1 percent, were related to civil servants," said He
Yong, head of an anti-bribery group, in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
He, also deputy secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central
Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the cases implicating public servants
involve 835 million yuan (104 million U.S. dollars), about 25.4 percent of the
"A total of 68 high-level government officials under provincial or central
government ministries, and 511 county-level cadres, were involved in the cases,"
He told Xinhua.
He said severe punishment and a crackdown played a key role in deterring
crimes and stemming the spread of commercial bribery.
He pointed to major construction projects, land transfers, property
transactions, pharmaceutical sales and government procurement contracts as some
of the areas that needed careful scrutiny.
"More severe punishments will be imposed on civil servants who are involve in
commercial bribery and the government is to strengthen the management of public
servants," said He, adding the public is encouraged to report any commercial
Commercial bribery usually refers to bribes from companies and often involve
a firm paying money to government officials for special