China’s Xi declares an ‘overwhelming victory’ over graft

Xi said efforts to overhaul China’s extensive anti-graft architecture must continue to modernize the systems of oversight for party members and state employees. (AFP)
Updated 15 December 2018
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China’s Xi declares an ‘overwhelming victory’ over graft

  • The Chinese president has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party
  • China’s powerful graft watchdogs handled 464,000 cases and punished 406,000 people in the first nine months of 2018

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an “overwhelming victory” in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported.
Xi has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level “tigers” to low-level “flies.”
He proclaimed during a twice-a-decade meeting of the top party leadership in October 2017 that his fight against graft had achieved “overwhelming momentum.”
However, Xi announced at a meeting of the party’s Politburo on Friday that the fight had now obtained an “overwhelming victory,” state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The shift from “momentum” to “victory” reflects an important judgment from the party leadership, CCTV said.
China’s powerful graft watchdogs handled 464,000 cases and punished 406,000 people in the first nine months of 2018.
“We must forcefully reduce the number of cases and effectively stop them from growing,” the Politburo said, according to CCTV.
Xi said efforts to overhaul China’s extensive anti-graft architecture must continue to modernize the systems of oversight for party members and state employees.
China’s new National Supervisory Commission was formally established in March, extending the graft fight to all state employees and giving legal backing to the party’s controversial internal investigation and detention techniques.
Some Chinese academics have voiced concerns that the reforms will roll back years of work by legal reformers to protect the rights of suspects during investigations.


Theresa May survives UK parliament vote of no confidence in her government

Updated 16 January 2019
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Theresa May survives UK parliament vote of no confidence in her government

  • Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks
  • The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May's government has survived a no-confidence vote called after May's Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers.
The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning May can remain in office.
Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks while preparing to leave the European Union on March 29.
Despite the reprieve, May faces a monumental struggle to find a way out of her country's Brexit impasse. She has until Monday to come up with a new blueprint for Britain's EU exit after the deal she reached with the EU went down to a crushing defeat in Parliament on Tuesday.