China pans anti-corruption group for low ranking

2014-12-05 14:42

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Beijing - A Communist Party-run newspaper criticised Berlin-based Transparency International on Friday for failing to recognise the achievements of China's anti-corruption campaign, after the organisation's latest corruption index shows China is faring worse.

In the Corruption Perception Index 2014 released earlier this week, China dropped to the 100th place out of 175 countries, sharply down from last year's 80th place.

The party-run Global Times said that Transparency International has lost credibility as it turned a blind eye to the crackdown that has snared hundreds of officials since late 2012 when President Xi Jinping took power as the ruling party's chief.

"The index, issued by Transparency International on a yearly basis, had been given some credence in China up till now", the editorial read. "But its credibility has plunged in Chinese public opinion with China's rapid drop on the index."

In an explanatory note, Transparency International said the rankings are based on surveys of country experts and businesspeople. It said China's public sector lacks transparency and accountability despite the crackdown.

In particular, it said Washington-based world justice project gave China a lower score in criminal justice.

"Bringing the corrupt to justice is important, but a more transparent judicial system would do more to convince people that the campaign is part of a lasting change," said the note written by Rukshana Nanayakkara, regional outreach manager for the Asia Pacific Region.

"A crackdown alone will not paper over a public sector lacking transparency and accountability in public bodies," Nanayakkara wrote.

"What will help are transparency reforms such as publishing all spending online and passing laws that protect citizens, reporters and bloggers who expose corruption."

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