On December 23, 2011, People’s Daily Online published an article titled, “In China the Corruption of Individual Officials Is Spreading; Now Whole Groups of Officials Are Colluding in Corruption.” This was the conclusion of "China’s Anti-Corruption Report No.1," issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. According to the report, the means of corruption are more hidden, with many new guises; corrupt officials seek short-term illegal gains such as enjoying the pleasures of consumption, as well as long term ones, such as possessing capital. Corruption can be financial, or involve resources or contracts. The scope of corruption runs from the gamut from the economic, political, and judicial fields to the social, cultural, and educational, and even overseas.
Source: People’s Daily Online, December 23, 2011