China`s Communist cadres get new anti-corruption ethics code
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 19:32
Beijing: Seeking to curb growing corruption among its cadres, China's ruling Communist Party has issued a 52-point ethics code that bans members from stock trading, money-making deals and expensive recreational activities.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), one of the world's largest political parties, issued the code of ethics for cadres to "ensure clean practice in their work and prevent corruption" and specifies 52 "unacceptable practices".

The guidelines spell out the banned practices for officials, including accepting cash or other financial rewards as gifts and using their influence to benefit family, friends or associates, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Party officials are also barred from involvement in for- profit activities and from using public funds for personal interests.

He Guoqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee, said leaders should strictly abide by the new code of ethics.

He, also head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, stressed that leaders' practices such as using their power for illicit gains, accepting money or gifts under different names, using or turning public funds or properties into their own, should end.

CPC leaders should use their energies to serve the society and people, and are strictly prohibited from meddling in economic activities which violated regulations, he said.

The warning to party cadres against abusing their power comes just days before the start of the annual National People's Congress or Parliament, which brings about 3,000 delegates from across the country to Beijing.

Corruption has become an increasingly hot topic among the public with graft often topping the list of issues of most concern for ordinary Chinese citizens.

Chinese leaders have repeatedly highlighted the need to curb widespread corruption that they see as one of the biggest threats to the long-term survival of the CPC, which has monopolised political power in the world's most populous nation since 1949 when the People's Republic was founded.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, also General Secretary of the CPC, has made fighting corruption a priority, saying the scourge threatens to undermine the party's legitimacy.

About 4,000 corrupt officials fled China with USD 50 billion between 1978 and 2003, the state media reported recently.

The CPC had claimed that it had over 75 million members in 2009.


First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 19:32

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