9.09.2007

State corruption prevention office

We've already seen how the Corruption Prevention Office is led by a deputy secretary of the Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CCP. We know that the Corruption Prevention Office is not vested with law enforcement powers.

A few more facts seem to confirm that this body may enjoy a very low degree of autonomy:

1. the plan to establish the Corruption prevention office was drafted by the legislative office of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (中纪委法规室) in early 2006.

2. all of the most authoritative pieces of news on the foundation of this body were released by the Central Commission

3. The Corruption prevention office has been established to comply with the requirements of the UN Convention against corruption. Who signed the convention? A representative of the Foreign Ministry, of course. But also a representative of the Ministry of Supervision......and in 1993 the Ministry was merged with the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Source 专家认为预防腐败局可能不会具有执法权

In spite of the party's influence, China's committment to anti-corruption is serious. Several provinces have adopted measures to curb corruption at the grassroots level, with nearly 1.500 "administrative villages" (行政村) appointing inspectors, China has also signed a considerable number of extradition and judicial cooperation treaties.

None of these news appeared on the English edition of the People's Daily, where it was only mentioned that Wu Guanzhen "underscored the importance of anti-corruption inside state-run enterprises"