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Suicides by anti-corruption fighters in China highlight serious problems

Ke Jianguo

Ke Jianguo

SCMP says in its report today titled “Graft-fighters’ suicides linked to pressure of Xi’s corruption crackdown”, “A spate of recent suicides by local anti-graft and judiciary officials may be linked to a sweeping crackdown on corruption launched by new Communist Party boss Xi Jinping, analysts say.”

Before Xi Jinping’s blitz against corruption, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) said a lot about the threat of corruption to its survival, and had made great efforts against corruption, but corruption had grown from bad to worse, because there had been no real battle against corruption.

Now the CCP has a new leader who has won the support of all powerful elders and who emphasises “Making empty talk is harmful to the nation, while doing practical jobs can help it thrive.”

Xi’s thundering actions in closing all the black jails established by local governments to detain petitioners and informers, and set free all the prisoners there, has struck awe among corrupt officials.

No wonder, since then, there have been panic sales of properties bought with ill-gotten money, attempts at exodus of corrupt officials and businessmen and suicide of corrupt officials crushed by the pressure.

It proves that Xi is really doing practical jobs.

China’s rule of law and legal circles are but babies compared with Western ones. If China has to rely on its rule of law and legal circles to eliminate corruption, the CCP will collapse long before that and China will be in chaos. There will be no hope for the babies to grow up.

Xi should have a Chinese way instead of waiting for decades for China’s rule of law and legal circles to mature. Xi has banned interception of petitioners to allow people to inform against corrupt officials, encouraged net users and the media to expose corruption and non-communist parties and people without party affiliation to criticise the CCP harshly. Those are really very effective ways.

However, as China is such a large country with a huge population, Xi needs quite a few talented assistants to help him do his jobs. Xi has proved himself a wise leader. He has to further prove that he has the talents to discover and employ talented scholars with moral integrity. In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements”, I describe the emergence of a generation of talented scholars with moral integrity; therefore, there is sufficient supply of such scholars. The key now is whether Xi is able to discover them, win their trust, use their talents and build bonds with them.

If he is competent in those areas, then one of the two formulae I have summed up from Chinese history will function:

Wise leader + talented scholars = superpower

The following are parts of SCMP’s report:

Ke Jianguo, director of the anti-corruption bureau in Chongzhou, Sichuan jumped from his high-rise office at the city’s procuratorate headquarters last Sunday and was found dead at the scene.

There was no word on why he chose to end his life, but some reports, citing relatives, suggested he had been working under huge pressure and had been acting differently recently.

On the mainland, anti-corruption bureau chiefs at different levels of governments are invariably also deputy heads of local prosecution departments.

Ke’s suicide followed that of Qi Xiaolin, the deputy police chief in Guangzhou, who was found hanged on January 8, and Zhang Wanxiong, the deputy head of the Liangzhou District People’s Court in Wuwei, Gansu, who jumped to his death on January 11.

Dr James Sung Lap-kung, a City University political analyst, said the spate of suicides of law-enforcement officials was a side effect of the sweeping campaign targeting corrupt officials initiated by Xi after he succeeded Hu Jintao as party general secretary in November.

The new party leadership’s blitz saw dozens of local and provincial officials investigated or fired for corruption.

“Officials with the so-called political and legal affairs system at all levels have been put under immense work pressure, especially following Xi’s pledge to crack down on both ‘tigers’ and ‘flies’ in his graft-busting efforts,” Sung said.

Xi made the pledge at a meeting of the party’s top disciplinary officials in Beijing late last month, saying the crackdown would target both senior leaders and low-ranking bureaucrats in the government or the party.

Sung said it was no wonder that some graft-busting officials were depressed or suicidal. There has been widespread speculation online that some officials who committed suicide may have been the subject of anti-graft investigations.

In a system that lacks independent checks and balances, mainland graft-busters are often vulnerable to bribery, with some having been found to be notoriously corrupt.

Wang Huayuan, the top anti-corruption official in Guangdong and then Zhejiang between 1998 and 2009, was given a suspended death sentence in late 2010 for taking more than seven million yuan (HK$ 8.63 million) in bribes.

“Whatever the causes, the wave of suicides among law-enforcement officials may have just started,” Sung warned.

Source: SCMP – “Graft-fighters’ suicides linked to pressure of Xi’s corruption crackdown”

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


5 thoughts on “Suicides by anti-corruption fighters in China highlight serious problems

  1. Reblogged this on Insomniacs II.


    Posted by irmedeaca | February 26, 2013, 7:32 pm
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    Posted by OyiaBrown | February 26, 2013, 7:50 pm
  3. Oh dear….. “A Book that Refutes Tiananmen Butcher’s Justification of the Massacre As even people inside China are not aware of that silent peaceful coup, Li Peng, the notorious Tiananmen butcher, tries to argue that China’s prosperity years after Tiananmen justifies the massacre.” One propaganda spruiker out.. another one in… Unfortunately this is China’a lot. Tibet was rescued from evil warlords in a “silent peaceful coup” Does the BS every end?


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