Curbing corruption requires more than just politics

In late March, Gu Junshan, a former deputy logistics chief of the People’s Liberation Army, was indicted for embezzlement and bribery, among other charges.

Just this month, the government announced that Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was being investigated for “discipline violations,” the most senior serving official to be placed under investigation so far. A few days later, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission reported on its website that Ling Zhengce, the vice-chairman of Shanxi’s political advisory body, was also facing a probe.

The fall from grace of one official after another demonstrates the government’s determination to net both “tigers” and “flies.”

No organization or individual should be untouchable because corruption is pervasive. As these and other cases show, the malaise has reached into every nook and cranny of China’s society and economy.

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