China Says Corruption ‘Still Very Serious’ Problem
A new White Paper from the State Council tracks corruption cases in China over the past seven years. From the Wall Street Journal blog:
A government report from the State Council said prosecutors investigated more than 240,000 embezzlement, bribery and other cases involving official corruption from 2003 to 2009. In the past five years, more than 69,200 cases of commercial bribery involving some 16.59 billion yuan were investigated, the report said. The Communist Party leadership said China’s “harmony and stability” depended on efforts to build a clean government.
“So far, China’s effort to combat corruption…has yielded notable results,” the report said. But it warned that “corruption persists, with some cases even involving huge sums of money. The situation in combating corruption is still very serious, and the tasks are still abundant.”
Wu Yuliang, member of the Communist Party’s central disciplinary committee, told a press conference on the report that more curbs on “extravagant expenses” such as official travel, purchasing cars and banquets would be implemented. He said the focus of government and party anti-corruption efforts would be “institutional building,” meaning efforts to structure the political system in a way that prevents corruption.