China punished ‘300,000 for corruption’

A clerk places a souvenir plate bearing the images of China's President Xi Jinping on a shelf at a shop near the Great Hall of the PeopleImage copyright
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President Xi Jinping has made a campaign against corruption a centrepiece of his agenda

China’s ruling Communist Party says it punished nearly 300,000 officials last year for corruption.

Some 200,000 officials were given what was called “light punishment”. Some were transferred from their jobs.

A further 80,000 or so were given tougher penalties.

President Xi Jinping has made a campaign against corruption a centrepiece of his governing agenda and many high-profile figures have been caught up in the net.

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Barely a week goes by without news of another arrest, BBC China analyst Michael Bristow says.

The number of those caught in 2015 was released during China’s annual parliamentary session – no doubt to remind delegates gathered in Beijing, that China’s ruling communist party will continue pursuing corrupt officials, our correspondent says.

The reporting body – the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection – rarely explains its methodology or what evidence it considers, and no other details were given in its brief statement about the punishments.



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