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'Stand-off' in anti-graft war

By Wang Huazhong (China Daily)

08:59, August 24, 2012

Supervision of power will be pivotal to China’s battle against corruption, with the forces of corruption and those fighting it currently at a "stand-off", a senior anti-corruption official has said.

Li Xueqin, head of the research division under the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, made the remarks in a recent interview in which he discussed the anti-corruption efforts made in the 20 years since the Party declared a war on corruption in 1993.

Li said that "stand-off" status is the best description of the overall situation.

Li said China faces grim challenges in fighting corruption. He said for every achievement, problems still exist, and while it is an impossible task to eliminate corruption in the short term, there is increasing pressure from the public to stamp out the practice.

Li said the focus of the 1993 mission has changed over the years from fighting corruption to preventing it.

In the first 10 years of the mission, the strategy was to curb the rising trend of corruption, and the main tasks were upholding leaders’ integrity and investigating cases.

In the past 10 years, however, the main focus has shifted to prevention, and to eradicating the roots of the crime, according to Li.

Li said legal frameworks and international cooperation has improved in the past five years. More than 50 laws and regulations have been formulated to help fight corruption during that time.

And a group of fugitives suspected of corruption, including Lai Changxing who had been at large for 12 years in Canada, have been repatriated, a sign that runaway suspects have few chances of escape, Li added.

More than 60 officials at ministerial and provincial levels were among the 600,000 people who have been punished for violating Party and government rules since the 17th CPC National Congress was held in 2007, according to a report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

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