Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mass line in action

A top Chinese official is charged with corruption and removed from the Party and his job. As the BBC's Martin Patience says, it's a "rare victory" in the anti-corruption campaign. But it is a victory. Did Mr. Liu cross some line between acceptable and unacceptable corruption or did he cross someone above him in the hierarchy? Or did he just get caught red-handed?

China sacks top economic official Liu Tienan
A former top economic official in China has been expelled from the Communist Party and removed from public office, state media report.

Liu Tienan
Liu Tienan, formerly deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, "accepted huge amounts of bribes", Xinhua news agency reported…

Mr Liu "took advantage of his position to seek profits for others," Xinhua reported, citing the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

He was found to "seek benefits for his relatives' businesses by breaking relevant regulations" and had accepted "cash and gifts", Xinhua said…

The downfall of Mr Liu is now being seen as rare victory for public efforts to expose official corruption…

However the reality is that the Chinese authorities still tightly control the internet, and any serious allegations against senior leaders are immediately censored unless they have been officially sanctioned, our correspondent adds…

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