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CPC's anti-graft drive, a warning against self-willed power

2014-12-30 16:15 Xinhua Web Editor: Gu Liping

As 2014 approaches its end, it's a good time to reflect on the Communist Party of China's (CPC) yearlong efforts to drive corruption from their ranks and warn officials once again to avoid self-indulgence.

With dozens of officials, including four state leaders, brought into the anti-corruption drive's crosshairs - this year has clearly displayed what the CPC means when they say they will play hardball and engage in strict governing of Party members.

Corruption not only involves individual official's ethical degradation, more seriously, it means using power bestowed by the state to snatch national and social resources for individuals or certain groups.

There are growing intricacies of intertwined interests across the administrative approval, public project and financial transaction fields.

If allowing these special interest groups to act in a wayward manner, the country's reform efforts will surely be hindered, and thus, ruin the future of both the country and the CPC.

The CPC called the anti-graft drive "a battle" it cannot afford to lose.

Under the leadership of the CPC and the overall design of rule of law, the battle is being fought on every front and has at last achieved its initial result.

The CPC's discipline agency intensified its fight by fanning out nationwide to inspect misconduct, leading to the downfall of scores of officials at provincial and ministerial level or higher and the bust of several illegal interest groups.

Among them were former state leader Zhou Yongkang, former military leader Xu Caihou, and former senior political advisors Ling Jihua and Su Rong.

The supervisory, judicial and auditing government agencies have been fighting "pitched battles" against corruption with consummating anti-graft mechanisms.

Meanwhile, the metaphorical guerilla war was initiated by the public, facilitated by easier whistle blowing channels, which have become a growing headache for corrupt officials.

The CPC is also building an international network to nab officials on the run to make sure that there is no safe haven abroad for the corrupt.

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