I am not sure if this really gets to the heart of the issue. The ‘problem’ of corruption for any Chinese is that it does not translate to corruption in their headspace.
China today is grappling with complex issues, but the problem at heart is quite simple. The fight against corruption depends on the rule of law. Without it, it’s all empty talk.
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How to Fight China’s Corruption Cancer
Source – Caixin, published December 19, 2012
A sunshine law, an effective anti-graft watchdog and an independent judiciary must be put in place to address the country’s biggest political problem.
A new resolve to crack down on corruption is in the air. Since the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a number of senior officials have been accused of graft and sacked. This includes the Sichuan deputy party secretary, Li Chuncheng, who was promoted only last month to be a non-voting member of the party’s Central Committee. An anti-corruption campaign led by Web users is also gaining support. The government’s zero-tolerance attitude is winning praise, and it should seize the momentum to systematize its clean-up.
The corruption cancer affects the whole world, but it is particularly serious in China. As party leaders have often conceded, corruption is endemic and tackling it is a huge challenge. But the scale of the problem also means improvements are within easy reach: China could simply adopt some of the basic practices that have proved useful elsewhere. In particular, it should institute a “sunshine law” that requires officials to disclose their wealth.
Such a law is not hard to enforce; all that’s needed is political will. As many as 137 countries already have such a law, the World Bank says. Just this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said all government officials, from himself and the prime minister down, and their family members would have to declare their spending.
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