Authorities in China have warned they will go after officials who cover up corruption, state media reported on Tuesday, in the government’s latest effort to curb widespread graft.
The ruling Communist Party has shown no sign of wanting to set up an independent body to fight graft, however, and has arrested at least 20 activists who have pushed for officials to reveal their wealth, convicting two and sentencing a third activist to a jail term.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, an arm of China’s anti-corruption watchdog, said investigators should probe the perpetrators of graft, besides supervising members of the ruling Communist Party and local investigators themselves.
“Officials must investigate those responsible, as well as relevant leaders’ involvement, including within party committees and discipline inspection committees,” said a research unit that is part of the disciplinary body, according to official news agency Xinhua.
“(They) must make clear whether a leading official took the initiative to discover and resolutely investigate or … was derelict in duty or even concealed discipline problems or shielded (violators),” it added.
In some cases, this type of corruption was not revealed until officials were promoted, which “severely damages public confidence in the party,” it said.
But it was not immediately clear if the comments represented policy or just guidelines, or what punishment awaited officials found guilty of such shortcomings.
Like others before him, Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that graft is such a serious problem it threatens the party’s very survival, and has vowed to go after powerful “tigers” as well as lowly “flies”.
The government has sought to curtail everything from bribery and gift-giving to lavish banquets, aiming to assuage public anger over graft and extravagance by some officials.
In a bid to crack down on the use of foreign family ties to illegally move assets or escape investigation, China said in January that officials whose spouses and children had emigrated would not be considered for promotion.
Source: Reuters “China warns officials not to cover up corruption”
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SCMP reports, “A new claim that China is one of the safest countries in the world, based on the number of homicides, has brought the Ministry of Public Security under criticism and ridicule by Chinese who are calling the findings into question.
“The People’s Daily yesterday cited new figures from the ministry as indicating that the number of cases related to murders, assault or robbery have been declining in recent years, and that the annual murder rate was eight people per million, while the closure rate of all murder investigations had reached 94.5 per cent.
“The report added that the rate was lower than in countries considered to have the best social order, including Japan and Switzerland, though specific figures were not given for comparison.
“Tens of thousands of microbloggers from across the country were quick yesterday to rebuke the findings, with many people calling them unbelievable.”
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SCMP reports: “Chongqing authorities put up a reward of 500,000 yuan ($78,500) to track down a serial armed robber suspected of gunning down three people outside a bank in the southwestern municipality yesterday.
“A woman was killed and a man severely injured after being shot in the neck in front of a Bank of China branch in Shapingba district at 9.30am. It is believed they were a couple and had just left the bank.
“A bank security guard was shot in the arm while trying to chase the killer, who snatched the woman’s handbag.
“‘The victims were lying on the street in blood,’ Gong Xiaolu, 26, who lives nearby, said. ‘I heard they withdrew only 20,000 yuan ($3,140) in cash. It was really scary.’
“Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Zhou Kehua, a Chongqing native. They said Zhou was believed to have killed and injured a dozen people in Hunan, Jiangsu and Chongqing since 2004, and to have robbed them of a huge amount of money.”
“Some Chongqing residents commented ironically on microblogging websites, lamenting worsening public safety in the city once famous for its anti-crime campaign, led by disgraced former party chief Bo Xilai and former police chief Wang Lijun. One microblogger wrote: ‘I don’t care about politics. We Chongqing people only know that after they were gone, gangsters started coming back and the city is no longer safe.’”
According to SCMP’s Sterphen Chen’s report in Yunnan Province, Police confirmed the death of 11 young men mysteriously missing. The killer has been identified and Stephen Chen says, “The Central government says it plans to severely penalize local officials whose professional negligence left a 56-year-old suspect at large for several years.”
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SCMP’s Stephen Chen reports: Two senior officials have been suspended in Jinning county, Kunming after a month-long probe into the mysterious disappearance of more than a dozen young people.
A person named Zhang is suspected to be a serial killer of the crime. For details, please visit SCMP at: