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Officials with families living overseas are ‘dangerous’

By Sun Xiaobo (Global Times)

10:59, November 13, 2012

Officials whose spouses and children have permanently settled overseas are dangerous, likely to be corrupt and should be prevented from holding key positions, Huang Xianyao, Party secretary of Guangdong Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection, was quoted by Nandu Daily as saying Sunday.

Huang said the commission has to put more effort into preventing corruption and mete out harsher punishment to those who are.

Guangdong recently issued a five-year plan which stipulates that officials whose spouses and children have emigrated will not be hired as chiefs of city or county-level governments and Party organizations.

Huang revealed that Guangdong is developing a corruption prevention system that chronicles the information reported by local officials, the system is also made available to government agencies.

"The information reported by officials is not made public, which makes supervision by the public difficult," said Zhu Lijia, a public management professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance.

There have been many cases of "naked officials" who have divested their assets and sent their families out prior to escaping with their ill-gotten gains.

Many were only identified after they had left and authorities could do nothing but give harsh warnings to others.

"In handling 'naked officials,' regulations should require the official's personal information be disclosed to the public," Zhu said.

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