Carrying the Can for China’s Tragedies

From Asia Times Online:

China has unleashed a “storm of punishment” for top officials linked to tragedies like the Sanlu milk powder scandal and deadly catastrophes in its mining and transport industries, but it remains unclear how far it is willing to take this newfound push for accountability.

Chinese commentators say the sacking of a number of senior Chinese officials in the wake of the tragic incidents, including several at the ministerial level, marks the start of a new official system of accountability, even for the state’s upper echelons.

But the official criteria for holding leaders accountable remains unclear, and its implementation vague and sometimes very arbitrary. To make the system work effectively, standards are needed to clarify which level of officials are to be held accountable and for what kinds of incidents.

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