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China’s sixth plenary to tackle corruption, centralization
October 24, 2016, 1:32 pm

The sixth plenary is likely to conclude with a strong communique targeting corruption as China continues to reform its economy [Xinhua]

The sixth plenary is likely to conclude with a strong communique targeting corruption as China continues to reform its economy [Xinhua]

The 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) kicked off its sixth plenary session on Monday to examine fundamentals of Party governance, political life and the economy.

One core issue focuses on the Rules on Intra-Party Political Life, which center around collective governance rather than localizing power to one person.

Some in the local press have speculated that President Xi Jinping may look to centralize Party roles under him in a bid to push forward his plans for boosting China’s economic and military stature.

In the past few years, he launched an anti-graft, anti-corruption drive to route out party officials who have been breaking commercial laws and gaining wealth through illicit means.

A Pew Research survey conducted in early October found that nearly 50 per cent of the Chinese public believe corrupt officials constitute a very big problem for the country. Eighty-three per cent said that corruption was a moderately big problem.

To combat this problem, the CPC is likely to strengthen Party political life by requiring stringent adherence to the Party’s constitution, regulations and political code of conduct.

In tandem with Xi’s anti-graft campaign, stringent adherence may require doling out severe punishments to officials who are considered corrupt and thereby sending a message of strict discipline.

The sixth plenary session also comes as China continues its corrective measures to reform the economy. GDP growth has fallen from double digits to a range of 6.5 to 7 per cent.

The CPC has tried to reshift priorities away from the traditional bastions of the economy – manufacturing, exports and government spending – to focus on domestic consumption and services.

While the plenary is being held behind closed doors and is not open to the public or the media, it is expected to make several statements about policy when it concludes on Thursday.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

2 Responses to China’s sixth plenary to tackle corruption, centralization

  1. Mohamed Reda Laghzaoui Reply

    October 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Oh my God! Do you guys are dealing with : MILLIONS OF ANGRY CHINEsE folks who are NOT going to allow this blatant corruption!!!!!!!! Get the stolen money back and do something POSITIVE with it. Find out WHy the corrupt officials R taking coins that aren’t supposed to belong to them. Give them Bank Cards instead with benefits like Saudis so they STOP stealing Chinese public funds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. debbie Reply

    October 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I think China is very wise to take its expansion more inward toward its own people.

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