China steps up corruption fight – Quentin Sommerville

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 , 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.

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

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