Until the Bo Xilai scandal hit China corruption seemed to be ingrained in political life. New Chinese President Xi Jinping is issuing some harsh words and warnings as China is set to address its graft problem.
In unusually blunt language, Vice President Xi, who assumes Hu Jintao’s job as head of state in March, said that graft was like “worms breeding in decaying matter” — an old Chinese phrase meaning “ruin befalls those who are weak”.
“In recent years, some countries have stored up problems over time leading to seething public anger, civil unrest and government collapse — corruption has been an important factor in all this,” state newspapers quoted Xi as telling a study session for the Politburo, the party’s second-highest decision-making body.
“A great deal of facts tell us that the worse corruption becomes the only outcome will be the end of the party and the end of the state! We must be vigilant!” Xi added.
“Recently, our party has had serious discipline and legal cases of a despicable nature which has had a bad political effect and shocked people,” he said, without naming any of these incidents.
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