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China Continues the Fight Against Corruption
 

The Eighth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have once again proved the Party's resolve to fight corruption.

The meeting approved punishment of two senior officials and membership removal of one official for violating the Party's code of conduct.

Also on October 10, the CCDI announced punishment of two former vice mayors of Chongqing Municipality and demotion of an official of the Ministry of Public Security.

As the world's largest ruling Party, the CPC released an "eight-point" code on frugality and maintaining close ties with the masses in late 2012 to reduce undesirable work practices.

Although it has been five years since the 18th CPC National Congress, the anti-graft determination of the CPC has never faltered, as everyone is equal before Party rules, no matter how high level he or she may be.

Last month, the CCDI announced that former chief of Chongqing Municipal Committee of the CPC Sun Zhengcai had been expelled from the Party and dismissed from public office. In July, a statement had said that Sun had been put under investigation.

In the fight against all corruption from the low-level "flies" to the high-ranking "tigers," Sun joins several other senior Party officials who have been punished for discipline violation including Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai, Guo Boxiong, Xu Caihou and Ling Jihua.

The CCDI now has a monthly reporting system on the implementation of the rules within provincial-level Governments, central Party and Government agencies, centrally administered state-owned enterprises and central financial institutions.

In five years, more than 280 centrally-administered officials have been investigated by the CCDI, at least 120 of whom have been transferred to judicial authorities, according to figures at an exhibition held by four departments including the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Disciplinary watchdogs nationwide have also punished more than 1.4 million Party members or officials since 2012.

In a move to hunt corrupt suspects who fled overseas, China worked with the international community via operations, such as "sky net" and "fox hunt."

By the end of August, 3,339 fugitives were captured from more than 90 countries and regions, with 628 of them being former officials. About 9.36 billion yuan (around $1.41 billion) was recovered.

Among the top 100 fugitives listed on INTERPOL red notices, 47 have been arrested.

These documents and operations have helped the Party gain crushing momentum in anti-corruption fight and won public applause.

With more than 89 million Party members, no one can turn a blind eye to political regulations and rules. It is imperative that they consolidate their communist beliefs, adhere to the basic Party line and win public trust.

The line drawn by Party discipline can never be crossed. Although remarkable results have been achieved, the Party will continue the fight and root out the scourge that attempts to threaten its survival.

(Xinhua News Agency October 10, 2017)

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