Corruption cases in China jumped one-third in 2016

The number of corruption cases heard by Chinese courts jumped by about one-third last year, as the country’s top prosecutor vowed on Sunday there would be no let up in China’s campaign against deep-seated graft.

Since assuming office more than four years ago, President Xi Jinping has waged war on corruption, warning, like others before him, that the problem is so bad it could affect the ruling Communist Party’s grip on power.

Dozens of senior figures have been jailed for corruption and abusing their positions, including a once powerful domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang.

In an annual report to China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament, chief justice Zhou Qiang said Chinese courts in 2016 heard 45,000 graft cases involving 63,000 people, though he did not say how many had been convicted or provide a comparison.

Compared with figures he gave in last year’s report though, that represents about a one-third rise for both on 2015.

Top prosecutor Cao Jianming said in his work report that anti-corruption efforts will “absolutely not weaken”.

“The zero-tolerance stance on corruption will certainly not be changed,” Cao said.

Both men also promised to keep up the pressure on separatists, extremists and terrorists.

However, they provided no details on the number of people convicted for these crimes in 2016.

In 2015, Chinese courts convicted more than 1,400 people for harming national security, including taking part in terrorism and secessionist activities, double a broadly equivalent number given for 2014.

Hundreds of people have been killed over the past few years in China’s resource-rich Xinjiang province, strategically located on the borders of central Asia, in violence between the Muslim Uighur people, who call the region home, and ethnic majority Han Chinese.

Officials have blamed the unrest on Islamist militants and separatists, though rights groups and exiles say anger at Chinese controls on the religion and culture of the Uighurs is more to blame for the strife. China denies any repression in Xinjiang.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Source: Reuters “Corruption cases in China jumped one-third in 2016”

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One Comment on “Corruption cases in China jumped one-third in 2016”

  1. Joseph says:

    That is good. This means Chinese prosecutors are doing their job well. Meanwhile, many Western countries stop prosecuting their corruptors, which has been ever more rampant. Corruption is an eternal problem as long as greed exists. Not even the high-almighty democracy can remediate the problem, only the iron-fist of detetmined noble people. Throughout its history, China has extensive experience with corruptions. When the corruption is rampant, it is the sign of turmoil time, and good long dynasties would deal corruption harshly. In the Western world, on the other hand, would deal with corruption with denials. They would hide corruptions in various way which they legalized, such as lobbying, commisions, favors, gifts, locked room dealing and many legal loopholes, which why many are upset with China’s economic criminal law, which prosecutes the bribe beneficiary and bribe giversl alike no matter what form, no matter local of foreigners. Indeed the ‘modern’ Western business practices have no such law. Even in the best of time, corruptions were rampant in the West. They might not harm their citizen .. much, but they could bring harms to other nations, as the Vietnam War was the pretext fot subjugation of SE Asia by American government. There was no logic for Vietnam War for the American, but it was a good excuse for corrupt American regime to gain foothold in SE Asia. The Vietnam War may have bankrupted America, but it created bonanza for America companies which in return refused to pay tax. It is a testament of how corruption affect a counter, be it domestic or abroad. Even now, countries such as Indonesia is still dealing with the corruption cultures instigated by Westerners and their ‘international’ business practices. Even if our government is only half as strict and committed as China against corruptions, it will be a far better place.