Minitrue: Xi’s Anti-Corruption “Deadlock”

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

All websites, take care to find and delete the article “Xi Jinping: ‘Deadlock’ in Standoff Between Corrupt and Anti-Corruption Armies.” (August 5, 2014)

各网站注意查删:《习近平:腐败和反腐败两军对垒呈“胶着状态”》一文。

The Changbaishan Daily, a newspaper based in Jilin, published the article on Monday. The text had been removed from the paper’s website by Tuesday. From the Wall Street Journal:

Combating corruption has emerged as the signature policy of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s administration since late 2012, and his efforts appeared to kick into high gear in recent weeks when the Communist Party notched its biggest catches.

So it came as a surprise when a newspaper this week reported the president apparently used the word “deadlocked” to describe a battle more popularly seen as featuring his triumphs. Mr. Xi reportedly went on to suggest that he will combat “armies of corruption” at the risk of damage to his reputation, or even his life.

“In order to fight against corruption, a person’s life and death, personal praise or blame, do not matter,” the paper quoted him as saying. [Source]

The article belies the Communist Party’s approval of Xi’s anti-corruption campaign.

Read the original article at CDT Chinese.

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