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Wen Says Concentrated Power Fosters China Corruption

June 28, 2011

By Bloomberg News - Jun 22, 2011 11:48 PM PT
(Corrects anniversary in second paragraph.)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told Communist Party members that too much power is concentrated among government officials, a situation that must change to solve corruption issues.
“Each party member and cadre must abide by the law, be cautious and prudent, and practice self-discipline,” Wen said yesterday to party members gathered in Beijing for an award ceremony, according to China National Radio. The comments come ahead of the party’s 90th anniversary on July 1.
China this year has made an anti-corruption campaign its top priority in an effort to address mounting discontent over the abuse of power and a widening income gap. Wen in February pledged to root out misrule and said the government will monitor its officials, without elaborating.
“The anti-corruption situation is still grim while the work is very arduous,” Wu Yuliang, the deputy secretary of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said in Beijing yesterday. “We are at a stage where corruption is frequent and prone to happen,” according to a transcript by the official Xinhua News Agency.
The government investigated 139,621 corruption-related cases last year, Wu told reporters without giving comparative figures. The department probed 115,420 cases during the first 11 months of 2009, Xinhua cited Wu as saying in January 2010.
Corruption White Paper
The State Council issued China’s first white paper on corruption in December and has established a system requiring government officials to report their incomes, real estate and investments, as well as the occupations of their spouses and children.
The probe of former Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun is the latest sign of the fight against high-level abuse of power. Liu in February was dismissed and placed under investigation for “severe violations of discipline,” language usually used in corruption cases. Wu declined to give details of Liu’s case yesterday, adding “it’s still under the process of investigation.”
Public discontent remains high. Internet users have set up websites including -- meaning “I bribed” -- that are designed to disclose their own experiences of bribing government officials.
--Yidi Zhao. Editors: John Brinsley, Paul Tighe
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