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Anti-Corruption Rules Apply to Every Corner of China; No Safety Net Can Protect Corrupt Officials

On January 26, 2015, Beijing Times, a newspaper under People’s Daily, published an article stating the purpose of the rule of law, which is to unite the people. At the Fifth Plenary Session of the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection held in Beijing on January 12 -14, 2015, Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, repeatedly stressed tightening party discipline and regulations, political rules, political regulations, and government laws and regulations. According to the article, a few years ago, some Party members and officials, overtly or covertly, opposed the leadership of the CCP Central Committee. No decrees or policies could be sent out from behind the walls of Zhongnanhai, which is the central headquarters for the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council (Central government) of the People’s Republic of China. Corrupt officials organized gangs and cliques, including an “Oil Gang,” a “Secretary Gang,” and a “Shanxi Gang.” A big tiger was sitting behind the gangs. On many important occasions, Xi Jinping has condemned this phenomenon severely.

From a grand perspective, the rules and regulations apply to every corner [of China] with full coverage. The Party will continue to investigate and punish corrupt officials seriously with no restrictions and zero tolerance. When Zhou Yongkang, Xu Caihou, Ling jihua, and Su Rong were arrested, the anti-corruption campaign broke through some old “bad rules,” such as that retired officials were not in danger of being investigated and members of the CCP Politburo Standing Committee would not be punished. There were forbidden areas, special areas, and blind areas that the anti-corruption campaign had to avoid. The current righteous rules and regulations demonstrate that whoever gets involved in corruption will certainly be investigated and punished even when they think they have “umbrellas” or “safety nets” to protect them.  

The article concluded, “Those who do not follow the rules, break the rules, or do nothing because of their fear will be investigated. Those who follow the rules and are willing to do something will be used.” The purpose is to unite the people. 

Source: Beijing Times, January 26, 2015