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Anti-Corruption Gets Priority in 2001 (1)

   BEIJING, December 10 (Xinhua) -- China's punishment of four 
ministerial-level officials within a month in the latter half of 
this year has shown its firm stand in the fight against corruption,
which has in turn heartened the general public. 

   From September 26 to October 22, Li Jiating, former governor of
southwest China's Yunnan Province, and Shi Zhaobin,former deputy 
secretary of the Fujian Provincial Committee of the Communist 
Party of China (CPC) as well as former Party secretary of Xiamen 
City, Fujian, were expelled from the Party for corruption and were
handed over to the courts for trial.

   During the same period, Mu Suixin, former deputy governor of 
Liaoning Province and former mayor of Shenyang City, Liaoning, and
Li Jizhou, former deputy minister of Public Security, were both 
given death sentences with reprieves for taking bribes and 
dereliction of duty. 

   Ren Jianming, head of the office for research on corruption 
with Qinghua University, says the phenomenon of an increased 
number of high-ranking officials being prosecuted and tried this 
year has shown that China is determined to fight against 

   The clear-cut attitude of the government in the fight against 
corruption has pleased ordinary Chinese people. A worker with the 
Environmental Protection Bureau of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous 
Region says: "The fall of some high-ranking officials shows the 
Party and the central government have been taking determined 
action against corruption."

   Experts believe that corruption is a common global problem.  
Three generations of the CPC's leading collectives, with Mao 
Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin at the helm, have always 
paid great attention to the fight against corruption.

   The sixth plenary session of the 15th CPC Central Committee 
lists intensifying and improving the work style of the Party and 
fighting against corruption as major elements in the construction 
of a ruling party. (More) 

    Anti-Corruption Gets Priority in 2001 (2)

   An official with the Chinese Ministry of Supervision admits 
that China has achieved satisfactory results in its fight against 

   People are showing more confidence in the government's efforts 
to fight corruption and have been actively participating in the 

   Statistics show that since last year hundreds of thousands of 
Chinese have reported cases of corruption through various channels.
With the support of Party committees, the media have also moved in
to step up supervision of the anti-corruption drive.

   In the meantime, more books, movies and TV plays featuring anti-
corruption are being produced and have become popular.  Corruption
and anti-corruption are often talked about in the street. 

   Cao Qingze, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for 
Discipline Inspection of the CPC, says the number of major cases 
being brought to trial have frightened corruptive elements and 
have also served as a deterrent to others.

   "The central government has taken a range of effective measures,
including not allowing the army or law-enforcing organizations to 
be engaged in economic or trade activities, and Party and 
government organizations are being ordered to disassociate 
themselves from money-making businesses. These measures have 
played an important role in punishing corruption," said Cao.

   This is the first year of the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2001-2005) 
period. To ensure a smooth implementation of the plan, China will 
continue its anti-corruption drive in a more determined and 
lasting manner in the years to come.

   Liu Liying, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for 
Discipline Inspection of the CPC, said at the tenth international 
anti-corruption conference that China has been making efforts to 
curb various kinds of corruption, and has made successful 
innovations in key places where corruption can easily occur in 
order to prevent and stamp out corruption at its source.  


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