Anti-graft drive to be institutionalized in next five years

By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/24 23:23:40

Party must exercise self-supervision, strict self-governance: CPC Constitution

Delegates attend the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 24, 2017. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

The Communist Party of China's (CPC) anti-corruption campaign will be institutionalized in the next five years, and strict measures which effectively contain corruption will be normalized and made into law in the future, experts said.

The CPC says in its revised Constitution that the Party must "make comprehensive efforts" to ensure that "the fight against corruption keeps going," according to a resolution approved by the 19th CPC National Congress on Tuesday, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Resolution of the 19th National Congress of the CPC on the Report on the Work of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said that "further steps have been taken to ensure full and strict governance over the Party, and the anti-corruption campaign has built into a crushing tide, is being consolidated, and continues to develop."

In the past five years, after a strict and tough campaign, we have achieved the goal of preventing officials from daring to be corrupt in general. In the new era, we need to further improve our political system and prevent officials from becoming corrupt; and finally, we need to change the people's mind-set to make them not want to be corrupt, said Teng Jiacai, a delegate of the 19th CPC National Congress from Qinghai Province.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the Party has made steady progress in exercising full and rigorous governance over the Party, taken all-around measures to explore the strengthening of Party building, and gained abundant successful experience and achieved major outcomes, which must be included in the Party Constitution in a timely manner, and therefore become the common will and rule of the whole Party. The Party must firmly exercise self-supervision and practice strict self-governance in every respect, the revised Constitution says.

"In the new era, the anti-corruption campaign should be institutionalized and made into law. The law for supervision and inspection should be issued and it will leave no safe zone for corruption," Zhi Zhenfeng, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

Apart from legalizing the anti-corruption campaign, the check and supervision system also needs to be established, Zhi said.

"The policymaking process for significant issues should be regularized, legalized and placed under society's supervision so that corruption could be contained from the start," Zhi noted.

'The greatest threat'

Opening the 19th CPC National Congress on October 18 in Beijing, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, called corruption "the greatest threat" faced by the Party. The Party will work for the adoption of national anti-corruption legislation and create a corruption reporting platform to cover both disciplinary inspection commissions and supervision agencies, he said.

China will also replace the practice of "shuanggui" with detention as the reform of the national supervision system deepens, Xi said.

Shuanggui is an intra-party disciplinary practice that requires a CPC member under investigation to cooperate during questioning at a designated place and time.

Disciplinary authorities have investigated 440 officials at or above provincial level for corruption over the past five years, including 43 members and alternate members of the CPC Central Committee, and nine members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), said Yang Xiaodu, deputy secretary of the CCDI, at a press conference on the sidelines of the 19th CPC National Congress.

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