The Communist Party of China (CPC) needs to fight the “tigers” of corruption as well as the “flies” whose malpractices impact the people, Xi Jinping, CPC general secrtary, told a high-level meeting on Tuesday.
Taking the animal metaphor further, Xi said it was important that “power should be restricted by the cage of regulations.”
Xi compared senior officials of the party and government – several of whom have been exposed for corruption like taking bribes and acquiring property illegally in recent months – to tigers; his comparison of flies was seemingly targetted towards officials who take bribes from the common people to complete civic duties.
Xi said all party organs and members should be frugal and make determined efforts to oppose ostentation and reject hedonism and extravagance.
Greater efforts should be made to promote the traditional ideas of "honor to frugality and shame to extravagance" among all party members, according to Xi.
Xi said efforts should be made to enhance supervision of chief leaders, earnestly implemecorruption, nt democratic centralism, and improve the mechanism of publicising governing activities so as to ensure high-ranking officials do not abuse their powers for personal gain.
A fight against privilege should be waged in combating corruption and building a clean government, Xi said.
The newly appointed party chief was addressing a CPC disciplinary watchdog meeting on Tuesday that was attended by members of the powerful Standing Committee of the Communist Party’s Politburo.
Xi stressed that the fight against corruption was a long-term, complicated and arduous task. "We must have the resolve to fight every corrupt phenomenon, punish every corrupt official and constantly eliminate the soil which breeds corruption, so as to earn people's trust with actual results," Xi was quoted by the state-run Xinhua news agency as having said.
We must have the resolve to fight every corrupt phenomenon, punish every corrupt official and constantly eliminate the soil which breeds corruption, so as to earn people's trust with actual results," he said.
The CPC general secretary has spoken out often against corruption after taking over the reins of the party in November. A number of high-profile corruption cases – including that of the once-highflying Bo Xilai – shook the party last year, leading to the sacking of several officials.