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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

China's anti-graft push sees 1.3 million officials punished

Leader's anti-corruption campaign targeting "tigers and flies", both high and low ranking officials, a core policy priority during his five-year term

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made anti-corruption drive a key policy. Jason Lee/Reuters
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made anti-corruption drive a key policy. Jason Lee/Reuters

China's anti-graft watchdog said roughly 1.34 million lower-ranking officials have been punished since 2013 under the president Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive.

Mr Xi, who is preparing for a major Communist Party leadership conference later this month, has made an anti-graft campaign targeting "tigers and flies", both high and low ranking officials, a core policy priority during his five-year term.

China is preparing for the 19th Congress later this month, a twice-a-decade leadership event where Mr Xi is expected to consolidate power and promote his policy positions.

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Those punished for graft since 2013 include 648,000 village-level officials and most crimes were related to small scale corruption, said the central commission for discipline inspection (CCDI) on Sunday.

While much of the country's anti-graft drive has targeted lower ranking village and county officials, several high-ranking figures have been taken down.

In August the head of the anti-graft committee for China's ministry of minance was himself put under investigation for suspected corruption.

In September a senior military officer who sits on China's powerful central military commission, overseen by Mr Xi, was detained and questioned over corruption-related offences, Reuters reported.

The CCDI said 155,000 country-level party bureaux have set up corruption policing mechanisms as of August, representing 94.8 per cent of total bureaus.