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Chinese Authorities Charge 210,000 Officials With Corruption This Year

Everyone can see data on all prosecuted Chinese officials. Source: © AP PHOTO/ ANDY WONG.

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Chinese authorities punished more than 200 thousands officials for corruption from the beginning of this year, the Communist Party’s graft watchdog said in a statement on Thursday.

“In the first half of 2017 anti-corruption institutions of all ranks received a total of roughly 1.31 million reports and opened 260,000 cases on disciplinary violations. 210,000 people have been punished for breaking the code of conduct,” the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.

Those brought to justice included 38 high-level officials from provincial administrations and ministries, as well as around a thousand of various managers employed by state institutions.

Last year, China reportedly punished nearly 300,000 officials as part of its ongoing anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping after he came to power five years ago. Beijing has also been in talks with foreign governments to extradite fugitive corruption suspects.