Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Third Round of Discipline Inspections for Party Members Begin

As part of the commitment of President Xi Jinping to end corruption when he assumed office in October, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party will begin a new series of discipline inspections to reveal any possible acts of corruption and abuse of power.

The inspection will be the third since the current crop of leaders were elected by the party in October 2012.

The Communist Party of China's (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline will resume regular inspections in ten provincial areas that will include Xinjiang, Tianjin and Beijing.

The agencies that will be inspected include the Shanghai-based Fudan University, the state-owned China National Cereals Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

A discipline inspection under CPC parlance means that party members will be inspected for possible corruption practices, inappropriate work ethics and the implementation of socialist practices.

Since 2003, the party has been sending a team of inspectors across the country to evaluate members' and officials' performances. The practice was formally included in the Party Constitution in 2008.

Since May 2013, several party members, including long-term and senior officials, were found to have violated the party discipline and are now facing sanctions.

In a related incident, the vice governor of the island province of Hainan, Ji Wenlin was removed from office during the meeting of the Standing Committee of the 5th Provincial People's Congress last Thursday.

Elected to the vice governor post of Hainan in January 2013, Ji who is a native of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was suspected of severely abusing rules on discipline.

Ji was placed under investigation only in February.

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