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Change in tone reflects anti-corruption progress
January 03,2017   By:Xinhua
BEIJING, Jan. 3, 2017 -- "The battle against corruption has gained crushing momentum," according to document released after a Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee meeting Wednesday.
 
The statement has a marked change from the tone set at the start of the year.
 
In January, a statement released during the sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said the fight against corruption was "gaining crushing momentum".
 
Liu Dongchao, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, said the shift in wording demonstrated that China's anti-corruption campaign has made remarkable achievements over the past four years.
 
The CPC's disciplinary arm has ousted corrupt officials, from low-level "flies" to high-ranking "tigers" in recent years.
 
According to the head of the CCDI, Wang Qishan, more than 1 million people have been punished for violating CPC and government rules since November 2012.
 
Wang wrote in an article published in November, that 222 centrally administered officials have been investigated, with 212 receiving disciplinary punishment.
 
Meanwhile, the hunt for corrupt officials has even expanded overseas as China strives to hunt down its economic fugitives.
 
Over 2,400 fugitives have been brought back to China from around 70 countries and regions across the globe since the launch of operation "Sky Net" in 2014.
 
"These anti-corruption results have won support from the public, strengthening their trust in the cause," Liu said.
 
Echoing Liu's opinion, Zhu Lijia, also a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, said the updated wording also signaled that it has become a consensus of the Party and the entire society at large to weed out corruption.
 
Observers have said a new situation in which officials cannot and do not want to be corrupt is emerging, but that anti-corruption achievements are not just because officials are being punished.
 
"The new statement does not mean anti-corruption efforts will be relaxed next year," Zhu said, adding that the drive is expected to move into a new stage by cracking down on corruption cases that undermine and impact people's lives directly.
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