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UPDATED: February 21, 2011
CPC Discipline Watchdog Vows Zero Tolerance to Corruption

The discipline inspection authorities of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will intensify anti-graft work at grassroots levels and in key areas susceptible to corruption.

There will be no tolerance to any corruption, and the CPC's discipline inspection authorities will conduct thorough investigations into corruption cases and bring due punishment to each corrupted official, according to an official report published Sunday.

The report was originally delivered on January 9 at the sixth plenary session of the 17th CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) by He Guoqiang, secretary of the CCDI.

The discipline inspection authorities should resolutely deal with those corruption and malpractice cases which caused serious liability accidents or mass disturbances, corruption cases involving commercial bribery, and cases that occurred at grassroots levels, according to He.

Anti-graft work should be reinforced with more cooperation among different regions and departments, and more efforts must be made to prevent corrupt officials from fleeing abroad, He said.

Noting that the fight against corruption was a "long-haul, complicated and arduous" task, He said that in this year, the discipline inspection authorities should deepen the special campaigns to root out corruption in some key areas, such as the construction sector, mining projects, food safety, education, and land using administration and housing demolitions.

He also asked the discipline inspection authorities to strengthen supervision of the implementation of the country's major policies, including the housing market regulation, environmental protection, reconstruction work in earthquake-hit Yushu and mudslide-hit Zhouqu, as well as the work to maintain ethnic unity in regions of Xinjiang and Tibet.

He called for intensified efforts to investigate and solve the problem of public money held in unauthorized departmental coffers, as well as the problem of lavish public spending on official business car-use and on official ceremonies without due approval.

Also, He urged strengthening anti-graft efforts, especially at grassroots levels, to better serve the people.

He noted that the people's right to know should be concretely protected with greater transparency in public affairs, and education and supervision of officials at grassroots levels should be intensified.

Also, officials should be held liable for the corruption or malpractice that has impaired the public interests, He said.

He called on CPC leaders and officials to faithfully observe the CPC's rules on clean governance and report their personal information in accordance with regulations.

As a new round of leadership selection and appointments for local Party committees at different levels in China are scheduled for this year, He said that misconduct in the selection and appointment, such as buying and selling posts, as well as vote buying, would be resolutely punished.

Further, He called for efforts to improve the efficiency of the work of government departments.

Moreover, He stressed that the public's voices must be carefully heard.

CPC leaders and officials should receive public petitions at the governmental departments or solicit public opinion through home visits at regular intervals to solve citizens' problems in a timely manner, He said.

Anti-graft authorities should carefully deal with information about corruption cases exposed by Internet users and the public media, He added.

He urged more reform and innovation in anti-corruption work, such as cutting excessive procedures for administrative approvals, promoting cooperation in the fight against money-laundering, and streamlining regulation and management on the resource products market.

He's report also revealed that 146,517 officials were punished for disciplinary violations last year, 5,373 of whom were referred for criminal investigations.

(Xinhua News Agency February 20, 2011)

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