Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that Transparency International just published the Global Corruption Perceptions Index for 2021. China scored 45 out of the full 100 points. Transparency International analysts explained that, although China is not the bottom country, its corruption problem has spread to the international community. The report showed that, of the 180 countries, Western Europe has the highest average score and sub-Saharan Africa the lowest. The least corrupt countries at the top of the list are Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, all with 88 points; the United States with 67 points; and China with 45 points. Chinese corruption crosses borders and flows to other parts of the world, including through foreign aid and corrupt contracts, into places including Africa. According to Roberto Kukutschka, a research expert at Transparency International, the agency’s Corruption Perceptions Index collects, compares and synthesizes the assessments of international experts and international institutions including the World Bank. Data for the ranking were collected from within China. However, the Corruption Perception Index measures only domestic corruption, not illicit financial flows between countries.
Source: Lianhe Zaobao, January 25, 2022