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Building graft targeted

CHINA will launch a two-year anti-corruption campaign in the construction business, in which money-for-power deals and commercial bribery cases are reportedly increasing.

A document jointly issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, or the Cabinet, yesterday announced the initiative.

"Corruption has been restricted to a certain extent with the market economy getting more mature and supervision further enhanced," the document said.

But corruption cases still occurred in some sectors as officials abused their powers to acquire personal gains, and local governments wasted taxpayers' money to build lavish buildings.

"Such slack behavior damages the relations between officials and the public," the document said.

The document required local governments to further regulate the working procedure of land management and make more efforts in checking on the bidding processes for land.

Government departments trying to cover up problems would be punished, it said.

The document called for enhanced supervision over key links in government construction projects, including the use and management of funds, the approval of land use, the evaluation on the construction's energy saving and environment protection and safety insurance.


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