China's 'tigers and flies' anti-graft campaign

2016-01-12 19:38


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Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping's "tigers and flies" anti-graft campaign, which aims to punish corrupt officials in both high and low positions, has lasted longer and struck at a more senior level than many analysts expected.

Last year alone, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection carried out investigations of 71 748 officials and has imposed penalties on more than 23 000 of them. 

The anti-corruption campaign has more recently targeted state-owned companies and senior military officials.

Earlier this year, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said 14 generals had been convicted of graft or placed under investigation.

Operation Fox Hunt 2014, launched in July, focuses on suspects abroad and is an attempt to "block the last route of retreat for corrupt officials", according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The campaign has sought the co-operation of foreign countries to target officials who have fled overseas during the past two decades. The United States deported two Chinese criminal suspects back to China last year.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences estimates that between 16 000 and 18 000 former officials fled with 800 billion yuan ($140bn from the mid-1990s to 2008.

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