By Yuan Yue, Sina English
At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a new deployment of China's anti-corruption work was put forward. The leaders, on the other hand, have been vocal in recent days vowing to fight against corruption, and their strong wording has drawn worldwide attention.
In the meantime, many local governments have been speeding up their fight against corruption, to echo the campaign from the top. Just before the Congress, the Central Committee investigated the case of Bo Xilai, former secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal who severely abused his power, demonstrating the Party's intensified and unbending resolve in the painstaking fight against corruption.
In his report to the 18th Party Congress, President Hu Jintao pointed out the potential risks of corruption: "If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the Party, and even cause the collapse of the Party and the fall of the state." he said, "We must thus make unremitting efforts to combat corruption, promote integrity and stay vigilant against degeneration."
This speaks for a new deployment for the anti-corruption work in China's next stage of development, and it has drawn huge attention from far and wide.
"To forge iron, one must be strong," Xi Jinping said in his debut speech after elected on November 15 as the General Secretary of CPC Central Committee to show his determination to carry on the anti- corruption campaign.
He warned officials again two days later, in the first group study of the 18th Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, "Worms invest decayed matter," he said, "If corruption gets worse, it could prove fatal to the Party, and even cause the collapse of the Party and the fall of the state."
Xi’s firm attitude to fighting corruption has so far greatly encouraged the general public.
Another member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, Wang Qishan, who is now the Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection instructed party members and cadres to deepen the anti-corruption work on November 19.
"We have to make up our mind to improve the style of our writing and the way we hold meetings, focus on correcting the ill practices such as laziness. Meanwhile, we also have to rectify wrong decisions that have harmed the public interests," he noted.
Apart from promises, the leaders have also set themselves as example.
On November 21, Zhang Gaoli, a newly elected member of Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee who formerly was the Party chief of Tianjin, instructed the party cadres never to receive or cater to anyone "who claims to be my relatives", as he was leaving his office as Party Secretary in Tianjin.
On the provincial level, a group of the newly-elected chiefs, including Han Zheng, Sun Chunlan, Sun Zhengcai, Wang Dongming, have also pledged to carry on and deepen the fight against corruption in high-profile gesture, to echo the central government’s deployment. Recently, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection issued a notice for inspection and supervision organs to study and implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress.
The notice attaches great importance to the inspection of cases, calls for every case to be inspected and every corrupt official to be punished.
"Anyone who breaks the discipline of the Party or the law of the state must be subject to strict investigation and prosecution," the notice says, "We won't tolerate any corruption, and won't given any hiding place for corrupt ones within the Party."
All this, commented an analysis, is conducive for the Party to heightening authority and gaining general support from the public. It is a breakthrough. The determination and confidence we see from top leaders, in the meantime, also shows their great political moral character, as they are willing to set example and to take the lead.