Shanxi Party chief vows all-out anti-graft drive for Party discipline

Source:Global Times Published: 2016-3-7 1:23:01

The Party chief of Shanxi Province said Sunday that "whatever difficulties we may encounter, we must fight against corruption to the end," in response to questions whether the anti-corruption drive is harsh enough.

The anti-corruption campaign is a political mission given by  Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, to the new provincial leadership, Wang Rulin, who is also a delegate of the National People's Congress, told a conference on Sunday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

According to Wang, corruption is destructive to Shanxi's economy, citing a department head as an example. The unnamed official allegedly helped a businessman who the official believed to be reliable since the businessman ate a slip of paper with "30 million yuan ($4.6 million)" in bribes written on it after the official showed his hesitance.

He also said a deputy mayor who had allegedly embezzled 644 million yuan, a number even higher than Shanxi's 9 provincial poverty-stricken counties' combined fiscal revenue in 2015 of 607 million yuan.

Such corruption has not only severely dampened the province's economic development, but also damaged relations between officials and the public, and jeopardized the Party's ruling foundation, Wang said.

He added that if things continue this way, people will be left in misery.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said it received fewer tip-offs related to Shanxi, 34.1 percent lower than the national average increase in tip-offs, Wang said.

Wang said Shanxi's anti-corruption campaign purifies the "political ecology" and strengthens Party self-discipline which  motivates officials to work hard and avoid corruption, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The CCDI has looked into 330,000 cases of violations of CPC's disciplines in 2015. Over 330,000 Party members have been punished through disciplinary measures. A Xinhua News Agency article identified some cliques, including a faction composed of the secretaries of high ranking officials, a faction of officials based in coal-rich Shanxi. Seven of Shanxi's top leaders were investigated, including Ling Jihua's brother, Ling Zhengce, the former vice chairman of the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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