South China Morning Post
Chinese President Xi Jinping has reiterated the need to fight corruption if the country is to achieve its economic and political goals.Speaking on Friday at the annual conference of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), Xi said the threat of corruption remained serious, and promised to get tough on Communist Party officials who feigned loyalty while engaging in corrupt activities.“As the biggest risk threatening the party’s governance, corruption still exists,” state media quoted him as saying.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“The struggle between corruption and anti-corruption efforts will continue to exist for a long period to come,” he said.“[We must] thoroughly implement the principle of exercising strict governance over the party and maintain the political orientation … to ensure the development goals and tasks of the 14th five-year plan are fulfilled.”The situation was “severe and complex”, he said, adding that political and economic issues were becoming intertwined. Ex-chairman of China Huarong Asset Management sentenced to death for briberyXi has been fighting an anti-corruption campaign since taking office in 2012. His efforts led to the demise of party heavyweights like ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang, former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai and close aide of former president Hu Jintao, Ling Jihua.State media accused all three not only of making illicit financial gains but also forming cliques against the party leadership.Xi also urged regulatory bodies and other authorities to tighten oversight and governance in the financial sector.Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of state-owned financial company China Huarong Asset Management, was sentenced to death at the start of the year after being found guilty of taking and seeking bribes worth almost 1.8 billion yuan (US$277 million).The CCDI said in December that 32 officials at the provincial or ministerial level were investigated last year. In the first 11 months of 2020, 1,229 fugitives were returned to China to face charges and more than 2.4 billion yuan in ill-gotten gains was retrieved, it said. China’s Communist Party warns cadres it’s on the corruption warpathXie Maosong, a political scientist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said officials were not only taking cash bribes but engaging in different kinds of corruption.“For example, it could be equity, and the person may not hold the shares himself. That form of bribery is not as simple as before and it’s not easy to investigate,” he said.“Financial security is an important part of national security. If financial risk can’t be controlled, it will threaten economic security and may threaten political security.”More from South China Morning Post: * China jails former China Development Bank chief Hu Huaibang for life for graft * Ex-chairman of China Huarong Asset Management sentenced to death for bribery * Former head of China’s aircraft carrier programme expelled from Communist Party over corruption claims * Chinese court jails former Yunnan Communist Party boss Qin Guangrong for seven years for briberyThis article Chinese President Xi Jinping says corruption remains biggest threat to Communist Party first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.