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China's top graft buster blasts 'unhealthy' party culture

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BEIJING • China’s top graft-buster launched a scathing attack on the ruling Communist Party’s members yesterday, writing that party political culture remained “unhealthy” and governance weak even after five years of renewed effort to fight the problem..
BEIJING • China’s top graft-buster launched a scathing attack on the ruling Communist Party’s members yesterday, writing that party political culture remained “unhealthy” and governance weak even after five years of renewed effort to fight the problem.
The comments by Mr Wang Qishan, who runs the party’s anti-corruption watchdog, came after sources said a senior official who was considered a contender for promotion at this autumn’s key party congress is being investigated for “discipline violations”.
Mr Wang said the anti-graft inspections that started after President Xi Jinping took office five years ago have routinely discovered the same problems.
“All of the issues discovered during the inspections reflect the weakening of party leadership, shortcomings in party building and insufficient efforts to strictly enforce party discipline, ” Mr Wang wrote in the party’s official People’s Daily.
“Party concepts are faint, organisation is lax and discipline flabby. The root is in the party’s internal political life being not serious, and unhealthy, ” he said.
As head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) , Mr Wang has been the chief enforcer of Mr Xi’s pervasive anti-corruption drive and is widely considered as the party’s most powerful man after Mr Xi.
Despite an unwritten retirement age rule suggesting that he should step down at this autumn’s party congress, Mr Wang, who turns 69 this month, could be kept on by Mr Xi as head of a new National Supervisory Commission that will combine the powers of several graft- fighting bodies, sources with ties to the leadership have told Reuters.

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