China’s Flawed Fight Against Corruption – Wu Zhong

From Asia Times:

Ahead of its 17th National Congress next autumn, the power center of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has begun to restructure its anti-graft system to strengthen its direct supervision of the behavior of regional officials in the hope of more effectively curbing rampant corruption.

President Hu Jintao’s renewed efforts to clean China’s officialdom reached a climax in September when the CCP sacked its Shanghai chief, Chen Liangyu, who was also one the 24 members of the Politburo – the party’s very power core – on charges of corruption.

But Chen’s downfall also exposed a serious defect in the country’s anti-graft system, prompting the power center to speed up the restructuring.[Full Text]

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