Young officials are the segment of society most vulnerable to corruption, a top disciplinary official in this southern city warned yesterday.
Su Zhijia, Guangzhou disciplinary chief, said at a government work meeting that as many as 127 officials aged between 31 and 45 had been found to have violated laws and regulations in the city in the past two years.
"Young officials have become major targets for bribes," Su said.
"In some bribers' eyes, young officials are more useful since they have more potential to be promoted, or have more time in office," Su said.
In the past two years, a total of 198 cases involving 227 officials in city government departments broke the rules.
In a typical case, Zhang Yiquan, 44, the former director of the Guangzhou government purchase center, was found to have accepted about 200,000 yuan from clients during his term in office between 2001 and 2007.
And more than 80 percent of official corruption cases in the past two years were connected to economic issues, Su said.
"These cases were involved with big amounts of money," Su added.
Last year alone, 85 corruption cases were related to economic issues in the city.
Source: China Daily