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8.20.2009

Xiao Yang calls for reform of anti-corruption organs

Former SPC President Xiao Yang, whom a few months ago was allegedly detained, has just published a book titled "Anti-corruption report".

Judging from press reports (English, Sina, Nanfang Zhoumo) the book does not reveal any new trends in corruption. Xiao holds that more money, more people, more government departments, enterprises and officials' cronies are involved in corruption. This is hardly something new.

The book is important for the debates it will likely spur within policy-making circles, and for one crucial question it raises:

Could the establishment of a "unified state-level anticorruption organ" curb the power of party anti-corruption bodies?