The term, "naked official" (裸官) refers to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who remain on mainland China while their wives and children reside abroad. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has reported that, from the beginning of the reform and opening in 1978 until 2003, about 4,000 corrupt officials left China, taking at least $50 billion out of the country; often the spouses and children went first. The government is setting up a stricter monitoring system to decrease this practice. In early 2014, a revision of the rules for the promotion and appointment of senior officials introduced rules that officials would not be considered for promotion if their spouses lived abroad (or if they had no spouse, their children).
Recently, Newsgd.com, a news portal based in Guangdong Province, reported that there were 2,190 "naked officials" in the southern province. More than 280 naked officials in Guangdong Province have brought their family members who lived overseas back to China. On Wednesday, Guangdong authorities announced that nearly 40 percent of the 2,190 naked officials have been reassigned.
Li Yumei, head of the Organization Department of the CCP Guangdong Provincial Committee, said in an online interview on the official website of the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection of the CCP Central Committee, "After three months of effort, Guangdong reassigned 866 naked officials, including nine department-level and 134 county-level officials."
Guangdong authorities talked to the naked officials about the new regulation that had been issued on the subject of official promotion and selection, explaining that it stipulates that naked officials will not be considered for promotion. Naked officials were then offered choices based on the government’s limitations.
Source: Newsgd.com, August 29, 2014