The discipline agency of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Sunday published results of its latest round of inspections into government offices and state-owned enterprises, clearly showing the impact of its innovative methods.
The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) started its 12th round of inspections in February and introduced a new inspection style featuring more improvised and efficient methods.
In this round of inspections, examinations became more precise and problem-oriented.
The four teams that were sent to government offices and state-owned enterprises were downsized to five or six members, while more inspectors worked in the background in supporting roles.
Each team member had a specialization in a certain area, such as CPC regulations, accounting and auditing.
Based on the information and experience gathered by the CCDI in previous inspections, the inspectors looked into specific and targeted areas, which led to a shorter but deeper examination process.
Wang Yukai with the Chinese Academy of Governance said this new method was much more effective.
"This kind of inspection detects the problem quickly, before the situation gets worse," said Wang.
In this round of inspections, inspectors also began investigations without giving interviewees prior notice. Inspectors decided where, what and when to examine according to information obtained from the public.
Wang spoke highly of this style, stressing that it made it impossible for organizations to prepare or hide information in advance.
The 12th round of inspections also re-examined four provincial-level regions.
The CCDI's Sunday statement said some local governments and enterprises in Jilin Province had faked economic data, and criticized local authorities in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region for weak implementation of CPC Central Committee policies and decisions.
It also pointed out that authorities in Yunnan Province failed to thoroughly remove the negative influence of corrupt former officials, and that authorities in Shaanxi Province had received complaints for problems in official selection and promotion.
The re-examination process began in the 9th round of inspections in February 2016. So far, 16 provincial-level regions have been re-examined.
Wang said the re-examinations have sent strong signals to officials that there will be no mistakes during the inspection.
At a meeting on May 26, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to amend the Party's regulation on inspection work, which includes the latest innovative practices.
The 12th round of inspections was the final round during the term of the 18th CPC Central Committee, as the 19th CPC National Congress will be held in Beijing later this year.
Wang said that in the coming five years, the anti-graft campaign will probably be more institutionalized and normalized.
"Therefore, I predict inspections will also be carried out on a regular basis," said Wang.