China vows unremitting fight against corruption
Updated 23:18, 24-Jan-2021

China's top disciplinary body on Sunday adopted a communique, vowing to deepen efforts to comprehensively exercise strict Party self-governance, improve Party conduct as well as fight against corruption.

The communique was adopted at the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which was held in Beijing from Friday to Sunday.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, addressed the session on Friday.

In his speech, Xi underscored the importance of leveraging the guiding and safeguarding roles of strict Party governance in every respect to ensure the development goals and tasks of the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) are fulfilled.

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The session reviewed the CCDI's progress in 2020, laid out its tasks for 2021 and passed a work report delivered by Zhao Leji, head of the CCDI, on behalf of the Standing Committee of the CCDI, according to the communique.

Overview of CCDI's 2020 achievements 

In 2020, new major achievements were made in various areas of the Party and state's cause under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee, fully demonstrating the notable strengths of the Party leadership and the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, according to the communique.

It noted that the CCDI, the National Supervisory Commission, and local discipline inspection commissions and supervisory agencies at all levels have faithfully performed their duties in fighting against COVID-19, securing a decisive victory in finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and shaking off poverty while promoting high-quality development of the disciplinary inspection and supervision work.

Tasks for deepening supervision system reform in 2021

For 2021, efforts should be made to ensure that officials "don't dare to, are unable to and have no desire to commit acts of corruption," and to deepen the reform of discipline inspection and supervision systems, said the communique.

More specifically, the communique underlined the need to thoroughly investigate corruption cases in political and economic areas and accordingly administer punishments so as to mitigate the situation.

The session made requirements to deepen the anti-corruption work in the financial sector, intensify the punishment of corruption in the political and legal systems, and further promote international cooperation in anti-corruption.

The eight-point list of requirements by the session

- Uphold Xi's position as the core of the CPC Central Committee and the whole Party, as well as the authority of the CPC Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership to ensure the smooth implementation of the 14th Five-Year Plan with strong political oversight.

- Deepen the anti-corruption campaign and advance the system under which officials "don't dare to, are unable to and have no desire to commit acts of corruption" as a whole; investigate corruption cases in which political and economic issues are intertwined.

- Beef up the fight against deep-rooted practices of formalities for formalities' sake and bureaucratism; curb behaviors related to hedonism and extravagance; supervise the implementation of regulations related to doing business by leading officials' spouses, children, and their children's spouses.

- Address corruption and misconduct that occur on the people's doorsteps to promote social fairness and justice as well as safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the people.

- Improve coordination in disciplinary inspections at different levels, giving full play to intra-Party supervision and public oversight.

- Integrate various forms of supervision and improve the effectiveness of supervision and governance, including strengthening oversight on leading bodies and their heads.

- Deepen the reform of discipline inspection and supervision systems and promote intra-Party and state supervision across the board.

- Conduct strict self-supervision and self-discipline and build an iron anti-graft team that is loyal, clean, professional and with a strong sense of political integrity and responsibility.

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