Xi favours targetting 'flies', 'tigers' of corruption

Shanghai, Jan 23 (IANS) China's new leader Xi Jinping has taken the anti-corruption campaign to the petty bureaucracy and minor infractions of lowly officials who are the bane of everyday lives of many Chinese.

The 59-year-old Xi, all set to replace President Hu Jintao this March, said it was just as important to go after the lowly "flies" as it was to tackle the top official "tigers" in the battle against graft, Shanghai Daily reported Wednesday.

"We must uphold the fighting of tigers and flies at the same time, resolutely investigating law-breaking cases of leading officials and also earnestly resolving the unhealthy tendencies and corruption problems which happen all around people."

The Communist Party of China's new chief was speaking Tuesday during a meeting of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

"No exception will be made when it comes to party discipline and the law," Xi said. "Cases will be investigated completely and no leniency will be meted out no matter who is involved."

He said officials must not be allowed to get away with skirting rules and orders from above or choosing selectively which policies to follow.

"The style in which you work is no small matter, and if we don't redress unhealthy tendencies and allow them to develop, it will be like putting up a wall between our party and the people.

"...and we will lose our roots, our lifeblood and our strength," Xi said while calling for "a disciplinary, prevention and guarantee mechanism" to be set up to prevent corruption.

Since his election as general secretary of CPC last November, Xi has vowed to root out corruption, warning that the party's survival was at risk.

In China, nearly 73,000 people were punished in 2012 for corruption or dereliction of duty.

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