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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Less Corruption in China?: Corruption cases drop in 2003

China: Official Corruption"In the first 11 months of 2003, 30, 823 corruption and bribery cases were filed for investigation and prosecution, a drop of 2.2 percent over the same period in 2002, involving 33,666 suspects, according to figures released Thursday by the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP)."

Well it does not necessarily hold true that less cases prosecuted means less corruption despite what Zhao Dengju, deputy procurator-general of the SPP claims is " thanks to the improvement of legal system and the nation's anti-corruption efforts."

There can be no doubt however that some of the high profile people prosecuted of late has sent shockwaves through the Chinese bureaucracy. People like former Party secretaries of Hebei and Guizhou provinces, Cheng Weigao and Liu Fangren, former Yunnan Governor Li Jiating, former Anhui vice-governor Wang Huaizhong, and former Minister of Land and Natural Resources Tian Fengshan perhaps thought that their positions shielded them from scrutiny.

Let us hope that, as Zhao Dengju believes, less cases is truly indicative of less official corruption


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