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Authority of imperial sword needed to deal with corruption in China

Chinese FlagsSingtao Daily says today, “After Xi Jinping issued his eight regulations to establish his image, there are still a large number of officials who dare to violate discipline.

The Central Discipline Inspection Commission issued a circular yesterday on six typical cases of violation of the rules and stressed the need to further tighten up discipline. However, those mentioned in the circular are all low-level officials and netizens sneer at that, saying that it was swatting flies.

The typical cases include: Qiongzhong county financial bureau chief gave a banquet to personal friends at government expense and was removed from all party and government posts; Zhuhai Financial Investment Holding Co. Limited spent public money for banqueting on the excuse of the convention of a cooperation and exchange seminar among banking enterprises.

The general manager of the company was dismissed for that. Baihe county party secretary borrowed a cross-country vehicle in violation of the rules and was punished by a warning within the party.

In a separate report, SCMP said “The Communist Party of China has issued an outright ban against wining, dining and networking while party cadres are doing their official training – signalling its determination to clean up the image of Party schools.”

According to SCMP, It was Xi Jinping’s new initiative to improve party members’ discipline and clean up the image of the party school.

However, there is widespread doubt whether Xi’s efforts will be effective.

In fact, when Hu Jintao was the general secretary and president, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission issued its rules to forbid exploitation of official post for improper gains in June 2007, but corruption has grown even more rampant. People’s doubt is justified.

In fact, according to the information I have, officials dare not hold a large-scale banquet in a restaurant now, but they continue to hold such a banquet in a remote club in secret. A small official banquet of less than three dozen people is still common in a restaurant as long as no one takes a photo of the banquet and exposes it on the internet.

The problem is that officials are still able to get what they spend on their banquets reimbursed by the government.

Hu failed in spite of the rules he imposed because he lacked the power. Last July, he held a meeting to tell officials to treat petitioners kindly, but illegal interception, imprisonment and torture of petitioners continued.

Xi seems to have got the authority of the imperial sword from powerful elders. Soon after he took over, he closed all the black jails where local officials detained petitioners and released all the prisoners there. Hu and Wen Jiabao told local officials to close their representative offices in Beijing that ran the black jails several times but local officials simply ignored their instructions.

Xi’s prompt actions proved the authority he has obtained, but he needs talented associates to carry out the fight against corruption in various areas in China.

Sources: Singtao Daily “Announcement of six typical cases of discipline violation, for which the Central Discipline Inspection Committee was sneered at as swapping flies” (Translated by Chan Kai Yee)
Source: SCMP – “China announces stricter rules for cadre trainees”

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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


3 thoughts on “Authority of imperial sword needed to deal with corruption in China

  1. Thanks for the insights. How can anyone possibly take the top down approach in a country as big as China? I don’t see how this problem can be solved without federalism and democracy. Maybe China’s periodic upheavals have always been due to the lack of these, as opposed to lack of sufficient strength at the centre. In otherwise, the exact opposite of what the Heavenly Ones think.


    Posted by shovonc | March 22, 2013, 2:06 pm


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