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China-Russia working on joint anti-graft drive
March 26, 2015, 5:38 am

Wang Qishan (R), head of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, meets with Oleg Plokhoi, head of the anti-corruption department of Russia's presidential executive office, in Beijing, China, March 25, 2015 [Xinhua]

Wang Qishan (R), head of the Communist Party of China (CPC) anti-corruption wing, meets with Oleg Plokhoi, head of the anti-corruption department of Russia’s presidential executive office, in Beijing, China, March 25, 2015 [Xinhua]

China will ally with Russia in its anti-corruption drive, said a top official on Wednesday.

China and Russia will aim to unwind a culture of bribery and graft that has jeopardized economic growth and led to a growing divide between the rich and the poor of the countries.

“China is ready to strengthen anti-corruption cooperation with Russia,” China’s anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan was quoted by state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday.

Wang, head of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection held talks with Oleg Plokhoi, head of the anti-corruption department of Russia’s presidential executive office in Beijing on Wednesday.

The Chinese government’s campaign against corruption is growing into one of the broadest in China’s modern history, snaring thousands of businessmen and government officials, including the country’s former security chief.

Wang said strengthening “self-supervision” is a must for the Communist Party to “address various risks and challenges while remaining in power for the long run”.

Plokhoi in his meeting with Wang on Wednesday said “Russia is ready to exchange experience and deepen cooperation with China on the fight against corruption”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday fired the governor of a far-flung region who has been arrested on charges of corruption. Russia is high on the list of the world’s most corrupt countries but very few high-ranking officials get indicted or face prison time.

Chinese President Xi, meanwhile, has vowed to maintain “high pressure” and “zero tolerance” on graft this year, as corruption “has not vanished” and “temptations still remain,” in a speech at a plenary session of the Communist Party’s top disciplinary agency in Beijing in January.

 

TBP and Agencies

3 Responses to China-Russia working on joint anti-graft drive

  1. Roacheforque Reply

    March 26, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I have great hopes for this. After all, look at where wealth inequality through the leveraging of an exorbitant privilege has left the world today. Not very favorable, as compared to past systems where all classes lived an equitable and harmonious existance.

    The Founding Fathers shed much blood for “a Republic, if you can keep it.” (Ben Franklin).

    We could not …

    Let us hope that in this encouraging beginning, that when the mantle of leadership is handed Eastward, it is not abused. The pendulum of human nature (unbridled greed) tends to swing full-course in no more than a single lifetime.

    Whereby the old adage “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” has always proven true in the end.

    And so the pendulum swings back again. A sad state of affairs when the fate of one’s country is merely in the hands of “timing” with the pendulum of “virtue to vice” swinging to and fro through perpetuity.

    I ask you: Will we ever truly learn from the mistakes of the past? The privilege to prove your worth to mankind is dawning.

  2. Peter Reply

    March 27, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Great, widen the net on foreigns in China, and Russia.

  3. Mike Leonard Reply

    March 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Corruption Is a crime and people who commits crimes must be punished by going to prison.Prime minister Yarsenik of Ukraine already stole Billions of the war stricken country.I hope that justice will be done.

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