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[China Youth Daily] Experts: The Anti-Corruption Struggle Achieved an Overwhelming Victory, But Still a Long Way to Go

2019-04-23 17:12:43

China Youth Online News (China Youth Daily, China Youth Online Internship Journalist Liu Yan) “The anti-corruption struggle has won an overwhelming victory, but it still has a long way to go.” On April 20, at the seminar on the 20th anniversary of the Establishment of the China New Century Punishment Corruption Research Group, held at the Hunan University of Commerce,  experts at the seminar had a heated discussion on the achievements of China's anti-corruption struggle in recent years. Wang Minggao, head of the research team, senior professor of Hunan University of Commerce, and researcher of the famous anti-corruption system, said that the research team will promote the master and doctoral program establishment of the integrity discipline and law in Hunan University of Commerce, and continue to serve the party in an all-round way, making new contributions to the rule of law in a comprehensive manner.

After a long-term investigation, Wang Minggao published in the Xinhua News Agency's internal reference titled “Suggesting the Central Government to Take ‘Special Actions’ to Punish Corruption” in 1999. Since then, with the support of provincial leaders and heads of relevant departments, Wang Minggao and more than 20 experts and scholars have jointly formed a research group and applied for the National Social Science Planning Office for project funding. The research group includes departmental level cadres, doctoral supervisors, professors and associate professors, and researchers.

At that time, the research group proposed to take “Special Actions” to punish corruption, the core content of which is to use the power of policies and systems to curb the spread of corruption by issuing “Special Decisions” and adopting relevant supporting measures; at the same time, we should improve the systems of “Real Name Financial System” and “Family Property Declaration System”, set up inheritance tax and gift tax, improve the relevant laws to prevent capital flight, and set up a special audit system as the “Basic” policy for institutional anti-corruption.

In 2002, the Research Office of the Disciplinary Inspection Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China sent a letter expressing that series of research results of this subject are “advanced and operable to a certain extent”.

In the following 20 years, these achievements have caused a great uproar, controversy; some have been gradually applied and become a powerful tool for the fight against corruption. In the view of Ge Hongyuan, former vice chairman of the Hunan Provincial Political Consultative Conference and former deputy secretary of the Provincial Discipline Inspection Commission, the research results of the research group have strong practical significance:“Although these research results are from 20 years ago, they are not out of date today, for example, the financial real-name system, the pursuit and evasion mechanism, and the construction of a social credit system.Some systems, such as the personal property declaration system, even now there is no construction in place.”

In the meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee held on December 13, 2018, it pointed out that fight against corruption had won an overwhelming victory. Li Yongzhong, a system anti-corruption expert and former vice-president of China's Discipline Inspection and Supervision Institute, quite agreed with this point of view. He also said that the anti-corruption struggle situation is still severe and complicated, and still has a long way to go. He wishes that the demonstration breakthroughs of the reform pilot will be brought into play, and the relevant research results of the research group will be piloted and put into practice.

“To participate in this topic, what has benefited me the most is to educate me, so that I always have a bottom line in clean governance.” Liu Quli, a member of the research group and a member of Hunan Coal Mine Safety Supervision Bureau, said that. “In the process of law enforcement, my colleagues and subordinates have problems. They were all very good comrades when they came in. Why is there a problem and how to prevent it? These require that the results of our research can be transformed to better guide the actual work.”

To this day, the research group is still making suggestions to punish corruption. According to reports, Hunan University of Commerce has successively set up a research base for the construction of a clean government in Hunan Province, a collaborative innovation center for the construction of a clean government in Hunan Province in 2011, and a think tank with professional characteristics in Hunan Province and other clean government research platforms, and new interdisciplinary subjects such as clean government, clean government economics, clean government management and clean government auditing have been established, and also have promoted the establishment of master's and doctoral programs in clean government and clean government law.


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