China imprisoning corrupt officials

China has been targeting corrupt officials

Su Rong has been removed from the Communist Party due to being charged for corruption and faces prosecution, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on Monday. The institution that is in charge of anti-corruption states that the former vice-chairman of the parliamentary advisory body abused his position to receive “large sums of illegal bribes”, which resulted in “huge losses of government assets”. This has always been the major problem the Chinese government wherein officials take bribes in order to gain more money.

Su Rong was sacked from the Communist Party

Several papers, including the Beijing News and the Beijing Youth Daily, have noted the “strong-wording” used in the CCDI’s statement.The CCDI said some officials “blatantly accept bribes and confer official ranks for money” and “support and wilfully permit relatives to use their status to interfere in politics”.The Beijing News notes that the choice of some “fiery words” in the statement reflects the authorities’ determination to fight corruption. This could be seen from the past sentences made by the institutions wherein they continuously go after corrupt officials. However at times the motives are questionable whether or not the intention is to make the official accountable for their action. “The CCDI has sounded out what was on everybody’s mind, so now people have nothing much to add,” notes the editorial.The Beijing Times agrees that the choice of strong words was “deliberate to sound a warning” to other officials.Lyu Pin, a professor at the China Central Party School, however, tells the People’s Daily that despite the “high-pressure tactic”, lower ranking officials in some regions are “still turning a deaf ear” and some are even “getting bolder in their corrupt behavior”. Admitting that the fight against corruption is “complex and challenging”, the Communist Party’s flagship paper stresses that the authorities have “strategized their moves” for the year, “casting nets everywhere” to capture violators.

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