China`s Communist cadres get new anti-corruption ethics code

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.

PTI



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

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