Exhibit shows confessions of fallen officials to deter misconduct

By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2018/11/15 14:49:59

People visit the anti-corruption hall at the National Museum on Thursday in Beijing. Photo: Luo Yunzhou/GT

The confession letter of Chinese ex-cyberspace watchdog head Lu Wei is on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing, as part of the achievements on the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. Photo: Luo Yunzhou/GT

Confessions of fallen officials, including former Chinese cyberspace watchdog head, are on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing, a move analysts said is rarely seen by the public and shows the government's determination to continue fighting corruption.

China has been displaying the outcome of its anti-corruption campaign at the national museum  from Wednesday, including many official transcripts, as part of its celebration for the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up.

Among the transcripts are Lu Wei, former deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Wang Sanyun, former chief of the Gansu provincial CPC committee and Xiang Junbo, former chairman of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission.

Lu wrote in his transcripts, "I have made unforgivable mistakes politically, economically, at work and in life, severely lost the principle and bottom line as a member of the Communist Party of China."

Lu said his mistakes also brought damage to his wife and son. "We fight a lot on this. She was completely desperate toward me. She once told me angrily that 'I cannot manage you, but the Party will regulate you sooner or later.'"

The anti-corruption exhibit is circular, with a huge Party emblem on the roof. The exhibit attracts more visitors than others, as it is a must-see for tours of many companies, the Global Times reporter found.

"I feel the Party continues to achieve outcomes after seeing these confession letters. In the process, we the people also benefit. The Party is strong and I'm confident in the prosperity of my country," Xin Le, a visitor, told the Global Times.

Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee, told the Global Times  that displaying cases of corrupt officials is the Party's standard practice to warn other Party members in the government to learn about anti-corruption before opening those cases to the public. "It is to show the correctness of the anti-corruption campaign launched by the Party," Su said.

Five years ago, the CPC leadership launched an anti-corruption campaign, which has led to the downfall of a number of high-level officials, known as "tigers," and lower-level "flies" who serve at the grassroots level.

Disciplinary authorities have investigated 440 officials at or above the provincial level for corruption since then, the Xinhua News Agency reported in October 2017.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the campaign against corruption has been successful, Su said.

However, the situation remains severe and complicated, and the campaign will embrace its success since China is conducting its system reform to fix the loopholes, Su said.

The National Museum of China attracted about 30,000 visitors on the first day of the exhibit on Wednesday.

Luo Yunzhou contributed to the story

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