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Inspectors to target top leaders

Global Times (2013-10-25 P03)
By Wen Ya
China's top disciplinary watchdog will soon send out its second batch of inspection teams this year, focusing on supervision of top leaders in the inspected agencies.

The second group of 10 teams will be sent to the provinces of Shanxi, Jilin, Anhui, Hunan, Guangdong and Yunnan, and the Xinhua News Agency, Ministry of Land and Resources, Ministry of Commerce and China Three Gorges Corporation.

The second round of 10 teams should explore creative measures to strengthen supervision of Party officials, especially top leaders, said Wang Qishan, chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), during a meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.

Wang urged inspectors to dig deeper by gathering information from subordinates who previously worked with those targeted top officials, and requested more "mobile and flexible" methods to check the personal property information submitted by officials.

A total of 32 ministerial-level officials were investigated for corruption from January 2008 to August of this year, said a Tuesday report from the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Highlighting the supervision of top officials is the key to anti-graft efforts, as they often have too much power but too little supervision, Zhu Lijia, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the China News Service.

Zhang Xixian, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, said the new round of inspection aims to explore institutional and legal ways to prevent power abuse by top officials, reported the China News Service.

Observers said it is rare to see two rounds of central inspections in the same year, which suggested that the mechanism is being regularized and could help find clues to corruption in a timely manner and win more time for the Party to curb graft, Fu Siming, a professor with the Party School, told the Global Times Thursday.

Wang also stressed the responsibilities of the inspectors in the latest meeting, emphasizing that they will be punished if they fail to uncover major problems, report them objectively, or leak the clues.

"As inspections are serious and confidential, the people involved should avoid personal networking and should not lobby others to maintain the networking," Lin Zhe, another professor from the Party School, told the Global Times Thursday.

The first 10 inspection teams were sent out to provincial regions, State-owned enterprises and universities in May and concluded their tour in September, with all of them finding corruption problems.

Reports from these 10 teams were disclosed to the public for the first time since the CPC began routinely sending inspection teams in 2003, the Global Times reported earlier.

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