China to Publish Anti-Graft Book

March 21, 2007 at 11:54 am | Posted in China, News, Politics, 政治, 新聞, 新闻, 中国, 中國 | Leave a comment

corruption

Mar. 20 2007 BBC News

The school where the Chinese Communist Party trains its officials is set to publish a textbook on combating corruption, state media has said. The book will be the “first systematic, formal and exclusive textbook” against graft in the school’s history, a director told the China Daily. Work on the book began after President Hu Jintao called for better education on the issue in a speech in December.

The Communist Party views corruption as one of its most serious challenges.

The authorities have warned that the levels of graft are now so high that they might even threaten the party’s rule. China’s top prosecutor, Jia Chunwang, told lawmakers earlier this month that nearly 30,000 officials had been indicted on corruption charges in 2006.

In one of the most high profile cases, Shanghai’s Communist Party chief, Chen Liangyu, was sacked after being implicated in the misuse of Shanghai’s 10bn yuan ($1.29 bn) pension fund. The country’s top statistician has also lost his job over graft allegations, along with the organiser of China’s Formula One racing contest.

Corruption has also become one of the main causes of social discontent, especially in the countryside, where villagers can find themselves the victims of corrupt land deals and unethical behaviour by local government officials.

天高皇帝遠 (the sky is high and the emperor is far away)

The only effective way to combat graft and corruption in such a large country like China is to allow for greater transparency of government activities and grant more freedom to the media, which would serve as the watchdogs of society. The CCP must get to the core of the problem, which is in essence, itself. Since the market reforms of the late 1970s, the CCP has been trying desperately to maintain its communist facade in order to retain its legitimacy. For example, one communist trait the CCP has managed to preserve is the lack of proper incentives in place to motivate good behavior from its civil servants.

As a result, Comrade Hu Jintao, the paramount leader of the PRC has a basic annual salary of merely 48,000 RMB ($6,206.37). Without saying, government officials also receive many benefits and perks that come with their positions, but what happens after they retire? Therefore, unwilling to leave their life of privilege behind, many officials would try to make the most of their powers to accumulate graft. Under such a system, corruption isn’t just an isolated social problem, it’s a way of life.

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