China Policy Institute Blog

Zhou goes down – but China’s corruption purge is on thin ice

Written by Jackie Sheehan. The credibility of Xi Jinping’s “tigers and flies” anti-corruption campaign has required the destruction of a bigger player than any previous targets. Zhou Yongkang, who’s now beginning a life sentence for bribery and abuse of power, certainly fits the bill. Zhou’s life sentence is for bribery, with lesser terms of seven years …

Anti-Corruption: Can shock therapy sustain party’s leadership?

Written by Zhuang Chen.Chinese leaders at various junctures have advocated fighting against corruption; mainly with feeble results. A cynical common view is that anti-corruption campaigns are nothing more than “loud thunder with small raindrops”. However, it seems that Xi Jinping has made anti-corruption a key plank of his presidency, thus elevating it to new heights. In …

China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign and Economic Development

Written by Jenny Li Jie.For the past two and a half years, China’s unprecedented high profile anti-corruption campaign under President Xi Jinping’s leadership has drawn worldwide attention. Domestically, Xi enjoys strong support from the general public, who have harboured deep resentment against those “tigers” and “flies” whose embezzlement and bribery have done enormous damage to …

An Alternative Solution to Corruption Control in China: To Raise Xi Jinping’s Salary?

Written by Alfred M. Wu. Methods for targeting corruption in China have been a fascinating topic for practitioners and academics. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party is investing all its energy into fighting ‘tigers’ in order to frighten all public officials to give up corrupt behaviours. Alternative solutions to the current the anti-corruption movement have …

Xi Jinping’s ‘Rule of Law’ with Chinese Characteristics

Written by Zheng Yongnian and Shan Wei.In October 2014, at the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Fourth Plenum of the 18th Party Congress, China’s most powerful leaders passed a reform plan on the legal system. This plan entitled Decision on Several Important Issues Regarding the All-Around Promotion of Ruling the State According to Law vows to build …

Fighting Corruption

Written by Joseph Fewsmith.Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption is now over two and a half years old. It has certainly gone on longer, cut deeper, and affected more people than anyone might have imagined at its inception. There are at least two aspects of this campaign that are of considerable interest: the first is what …

Reducing Food Waste to Boost China’s Long-term Food Security

Written by Zhang-Yue Zhou. What is food waste? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food waste at the consumption stage is the food discarded which is still suitable for human consumption. Food waste at the consumption stage in China is enormous. According to China’s Bureau of State Grains, food wasted each …

Xi’s Impossible Trinity – Innovation, Anti-Corruption and Political Stability

Written by Lauren Johnston. In economics the impossible trinity describes how governments can set only two of three macroeconomic policy variables, even if they are all independently desirable. Those three variables are fixed exchange rates, independent monetary policy and free movement of capital. Amid calls from former Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin that President …

Zero tolerance of corruption, but who’s first for investigation?

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Premier Li Keqiang stressed in his speech at the just-closed National People’s Congress that corruption under the Xi-Li leadership will have “nowhere to hide” in China, and that seniority will be no protection: “No matter who or how senior an official is, if they violate Party discipline and the law, they …

Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. The Communist Party of China has been grappling with corruption almost from its birth. It has waged major anti-corruption campaigns repeatedly and routinely prosecutes substantial numbers of officials. Between 1997 and 2012 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate reported that it indicted 550,000 individuals on either corruption or dereliction of duty charges, …