Sunday, 7 December 2014

CHINESE CLAMPDOWN ON CORRUPTION CHOPS SECURITY CHIEF




Here we can see that the Chinese leadership is serious about their campaign to crack down on corruption by ruling party and government figures with one of the most senior members of the Chinese state being investigated for serious allegations of corruption and immorality, as well as one of the richest women in China also being ousted and investigated. 

The Chinese leadership are conducting this campaign for a number of reasons: bringing the Chinese socialist system back from the near out of control corruption of the market reform era since the early 1980s; they are pre-empting the neo-colonial attempts at using 'colour revolutions' and false 'human rights' campaigns to create a hostile relationship between citizens and the government; they are developing the 'mass line' with the Chinese masses and the Communist Party, ie., developing a strategy whereby the party, state and government are serving the broad interests of the masses in a systematic, and they are ensuring that this campaign is not abused by petty and vindictive personal and territorial squabbles by emphasising the importance of the rule of law, as can be seen here with China's Communist Party holding a plenum solely on this issue: 

"The session is expected to speed up the construction of governance by law from the top level and by improving the system to promote social justice of the country. This will be the first time for a Party session to center on rule of law. It is intended to promote the modernization of the country's governing system and capabilities" (Xinhua)

These moves whose modern inception started with the shifts from Jiang Zemin to the Hu Jintao and Wen Jibao leaderships seem to be bringing the Chinese masses together more closely and united with the leadership in a socialist and anti-imperialist direction. Of course, the contradictions in Chinese society are many as are the related challenges for developing a prosperous, united socialist China and a peaceful regional situation that is conducive to that. However, so far so generally good.  - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


China Voice: No demilitarized zone war against corruption

Xinhua

The expulsion and arrest of Zhou Yongkang lays bare the stance of the Communist Party of China (CPC): everyone is equal before the law.

Zhou, once a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, has been expelled from the Party and prosecutors have opened an investigation into his alleged crimes, again demonstrating the CPC resolve to exterminate both the "tigers" and the "flies".

Rule of law means no hiding places and no exceptions. No one is immune in the fierce anti-corruption war. No one is beyond the jurisdiction of the law.

Every transgressor -- retired officials, discipline inspectors, political cadres and those who flee the country -- will be hunted down and punished accordingly.

Since November 2012, more than 50 high officials have been nailed for graft and associated crimes. Among them were former military leader Xu Caihou who was expelled from the CPC for bribery, and former senior political advisor Su Rong, who was removed from his post for suspected "serious discipline and law violations."

The CPC represents the fundamental interests of the people and will maintain its tough stance against corruption, keeping its vow to restrict power with a cage of regulations. There will be no space for corrupt officials who transfer their ill-gotten gains abroad and flee with their families. Once safe havens will soon turn to dead ends.

The "Fox Hunt" campaign, which started in July this year, has seized over 400 fugitives from 60 countries and regions, 231 of whom turned themselves in.

Last month, President Xi Jinping put forward international anti-graft cooperation as the third of his four proposals to the G20 Summit in Australia and, although the manhunt is set to end on Dec. 31, the Chinese police will never give up the chase for those at large and even harsher punishments will be on the cards.

Fighting graft is no easy job. Strong resolution, strict regulations, self-discipline and great courage are needed.

Only by unremitting vigilance in the hunt for corrupt officials can the CPC remain at the core of China's development.

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