Seven facts of China's anti-corruption campaign

By: XinhuaFrom:English Edition of Xinhua | Updated: 2017-Jul-5 09:42
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BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) is 96 years old this year and is undergoing a tough but necessary self-revolution.

Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in 2012, the whole country has been drawn into the fight against corruption and engaged in purifying the political environment.

The solid determination and great will of the CPC in fighting corruption can be seen in the following seven facts:

Zero tolerance of corruption

A hallmark of the CPC's fight against corruption over the past five years has been its zero tolerance. No establishments are off limit. No one is too sacred.

According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC, authorities have registered about 1.16 million cases and taken disciplinary actions against 1.2 million people since the 18th National Congress.

Under the intense pressure, 57,000 party members voluntarily confessed to their wrongdoings in 2016.

Discipline inspectors themselves are not immune. About 7,900 of them have been subject to disciplinary actions since the 18th CPC National Congress, according the CCDI.

240 "tigers" and 1.14 million "flies"

During the anti-corruption campaign, neither high-ranking "tigers" nor low-level "flies" can avoid punishment.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, at least 240 senior officials have been investigated.

In total, 1.14 million party members and cadres at or below township level have been punished, including 554,000 party members and cadres in rural areas.

2,873 overseas fugitives captured

China launched operations such as "Sky Net" and "Fox Hunt" to hunt corruption suspects who have fled overseas.

As of March 31, 2017, 2,873 fugitives from more than 90 countries and regions had been captured, of which 476 were former officials and about 40 were on the Interpol Red Notice list. Some 8.99 billion yuan (130 million U.S. dollars) has been recovered,

At the G20 Hangzhou Summit in September 2016, international leaders endorsed the High Level Principles on Cooperation on Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery, and the 2017-2018 Anti-corruption Action Plan.

Eight-point rules strictly enforced

Practices such as use of public funds to buy gifts, hold banquets and pay for holidays, as well as extravagance and waste, have been strictly banned under the eight-point rules introduced by the CPC leadership at the end of 2012.

By the end of April 2017, 160,000 cases of violating the eight-point rules had been investigated and 110,000 people had been disciplined.

Comprehensive inspections

Since May 2013, inspectors by central authorities have conducted 12 rounds of inspections, covering all the provincial-level CPC organizations, central CPC and government organs, major state-owned enterprises, central financial institutions and centrally-administered universities.

Over 270,000 public complaints received

By the 11th round of inspections, central authorities and state organs had received 160,000 public complaints, while 110,000 public complaints were received during the inspections of the state-owned enterprises.

According to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics in November 2016, 92.9 percent of Chinese said they wered satisfied with the results of the fight against corruption, 17.9 percentage points up from 2012.