While Corruption Blooms, the Law Drafts

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Further to my recent post on corruption, I saw that China Digital Times (CDT) notes a story from Nanfang Daily which refers to the introduction of an anti-corruption law. The article says:

    “According to authoritative statistics, 60-70% of major corruption cases were unearthed through public reporting…[so should we] rely on whistle-blowers to crack down on corruption, or rely on a system?”

It also reminds us that those in powerful positions, who will influence the development and implementation of the law, may not always be the ones with the best interests of the public in mind. The old question returns – who will monitor the monitors?

In another article on corruption CDT highlights a report in Economic Reference Daily which points to the main seasons for bloom in corruption, as well as common corrupt practices. In construction it notes that:

    “spring festival, mid-autumn festival, national day and other holidays are the best times to “communicate feelings” with officials…’benefit fees’, account for 2-3% of total development cost for years.”

And in a possible case of poetic justice for those who are tempted to offer a bribe:

    “For those who bribe not enough, the government relations don’t work and, sometimes, actually are counterproductive. If an official receives a couple of thousand, he/she may hand the money to discipline inspection agencies, in exchange for their ‘political uprightness or achievement’.”

Oh what a tangled web we weave…

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