China steps up corruption fight – Quentin Sommerville

BBC reports on a new anti-corruption drive which will extend out to the provinces to rein in local officials:

In 2006, about 97,000 officials were found guilty of bribe-taking or breaching financial rules.

The figure is down on 2005. But despite the fall, most people in China, including the party leadership, believe is endemic and rising.

The new national anti-corruption body will have offices in many of the country’s far-flung provinces.

It’s often there, far from the eyes of Beijing, that most of China’s illegal land deals and bribery take place. [Full text]

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