» 01/19/2010, 00.00
Corruption in China: Communist official and Supreme Court justice imprisoned
Government campaign against corrupt officials continues. Former deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court is sentenced to life in prison; party secretary in Hewan village goes to prison.
Lawmaker proposes 15 years in prison for petitioning
Liu Qingning, deputy director of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Guangxi Regional People's Congress, wants the National People’s Congress to punish petitioners with stiff sentences. Wen Jiabao instead called for better petition procedures. In the meantime, social unrest grows in the country.
Xi Jinping to exert greater control over restructured military and "Politburo members should stay in line with the Central Committee"
Five strategic zones replace seven military commands. State-owned enterprises are set to hire 300,000 laid off soldiers, but the economic crisis will make that hard to achieve. Resistance to Xi’s reforms is developing within the PLA. Politburo must obey Xi Jinping.
Beijing admits widespread corruption, 3,000 officials punished
After China adopted its stimulus package, party officials jumped on the opportunity to embezzle money or get bribes on construction projects. “If we don't take tough measures, it will be hard to suppress this,” government official says.
Sichuan quake: 43 officials punished for mismanaging post-quake relief efforts
Supervision minister confirms punishment, explaining that some of them tried to profit from the tragedy. Deputy finance minister announces cuts in many departments to save money for quake victims.
China's bigwigs survive corruption probe of 74,000 Communist Party members
The campaign launched by President Xi Jinping against "tigers" and "flies" in the Communist Party has produced some results, but experts believe its primary purpose was to strengthen the president's personal authority. In 27 per cent of the investigations, punishment was meted out; the rest got a warning. "Princelings" were spared because of their loyalty to the leader.
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