Authorities reinforce action on those committing bribery

BEIJING: The top discipline watchdog of the Communist Party of China in its latest communique stressed intensified punishment for those who commit bribery in order to foster and promote a better atmosphere of upholding integrity and resisting corruption.
The communique adopted at the second plenary session of the 20th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which was held in Beijing from Monday to Tuesday, required disciplinary authorities to investigate new and hidden forms of corruption in the ongoing anti-corruption campaign. While addressing the opening of the plenary session on Monday, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, urged taking simultaneous, coordinated and comprehensive steps to ensure that officials do not have the audacity, opportunity or desire to become corrupt. The report to the 20th CPC National Congress, which was held in October, also asked the authorities to punish both bribe takers and givers and combat new and disguised forms of corruption. Xiao Pei, deputy head of the CCDI, said during the 20th CPC National Congress that corruption damages the political and economic ecosystems and fighting corruption is conducive to purifying those ecosystems. “Bribe takers and givers engage in trading power and money, which is an important cause for the spread of corruption. Only by cutting off the interest chain between the hunted officials and bribes can the soil of corruption be eradicated,” he said. Discipline inspection and supervision organs will improve the precision and effectiveness of the crackdown, investigate bribery and recover illegal gains, while safeguarding the legal operation of enterprises, protecting the rights of people involved and achieving the organic unity of political, disciplinary and social effects, Xiao said.
–The Daily Mail-China Daily news excahnge item