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City plans to combat 'future corruption'

SHANGHAI is considering a new regulation against conflicts of interest and "future corruption" that would apply to officials after their retirement or resignation, city authorities said yesterday.

The regulation, to be enacted by the city's Party discipline inspection commission and the supervision bureau, stipulates that officials at and above the deputy section chief level shouldn't work during the first three years after retirement or resignation in profit-making organizations whose operation had a direct link with their previous work.

They would also be forbidden from taking part in profit-making activities related to their previous posts and activities in conflict with the public interest.

For the officials below that level, the waiting period would be two years, the regulation said.

Liu Jiaxin, head of the Minhang District Environmental Protection Bureau, said officials develop relationships that ordinary people don't have, making the new regulation necessary.

In recent years, many Chinese officials have resigned to enter business or otherwise make a profit after retirement by exploiting power and influence that they gained during years in public service.

For instance, Yin Guoyuan, former deputy director of the Shanghai Housing, Land and Resources Administration Bureau, asked for bribes after retirement and was involved in the local social security fund scandal, which was exposed in 2006.

Yin was handed a suspended death sentence.

The municipal discipline watchdog is asking personnel departments to monitor jobs held by ex-officials.


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