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Corruption crackdown

THE Communist Party of China is to crack down even harder on officials' corruption.

A regulation covering officials' accountability was made public yesterday in a bid to curb corruption and improve government competence.

The rule says that officials involved in any of the following should be removed from their posts:

Wrong decisions that lead to great losses or have serious negative impact;

Serious or a spate of accidents or cases in the official's jurisdiction or working unit due to his or her dereliction of duty;

Serious or a spate of accidents or cases in the official's scope of duty due to lax management or supervision by government;

Abuse of power, malfeasance, or ordering or encouraging others to commit illegal administrative activities, which lead to group protest or other serious incidents;

Incorrect handling of group protests, which exacerbates the situation or has serious negative impact;

Violating official selection or appointment regulations, which leads to mistakes in appointing officials and have serious negative impact; and

Other conduct that harms national interests, results in great losses to people's lives, personal or public property, or has serious negative impact.

A spate of corrupt misconduct in recent years triggered nationwide investigations into officials' accountability.

In one of the latest cases, 14 officials were dismissed in Chaohu City in Anhui Province for running a jobs-for-money network.


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