Corruption In China Essay

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There is no question that, throughout the history of China, there exists a trend of corruption which never quite seems to vanish, no matter what the Chairman at the time has tried in terms of combatting it. The issue came into primary focus in 1989 with anti-government demonstrations that forced the leadership to wage war against corruption, for fear of losing legitimacy as a party. And yet, corruption has not significantly decreased. With Xi Jinping’s announcement in 2012 that he would be undertaking a comprehensive anti-corruption campaign, the question “just how comprehensive” now has to be answered. With the establishment of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the government has set upon its task with vigor, and the …show more content…
The CCDI can be likened to a wolf-pack, operating under “A strategy of ‘encirclement’...” whereby, before going after the “tiger” they first investigate “...political cronies and business partners, then family members…” saving the senior officials for last (Boehler). While the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), published by Transparency International, shows that China’s corruption rate has lowered from a 7.6 out of 10 in 1995 (with 10 being most corrupt) to a 6.0 in 2013, this does not show significant improvement, as, following 2013, there has been a massive increase in the number of cases of officials being indicted, following a time in which the number of cases had been on the decline (Wedeman). Essentially, China’s corruption levels are down because the CCDI has significantly raised the amount of cases it pursues and, according to Wedeman, “...Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign may well be the most sustained and intensive drive against corruption since the start of the reform era”, which can only bode well for the Party,

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