The Party head of the impoverished Pingdingbao Township, in Hebei province, has been fired after it was revealed that he spent 200,000 RMB on a wedding banquet for his daughter on July 17th. The official’s sacking has been seen as a warning for other officials that Xi Jinping’s much-anticipated “Party-led” corruption crackdown may finally be gathering momentum.
Chinese state media sources have been publishing a large number of corruption stories lately, presumably in an attempt to show that watchdogs are doing their job. Xinhua covered the Pingdingbao official’s expulsion, and reports:
[A circular issuedby the party] called for greater efforts to eliminate formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, carry out a campaign to strengthen the “mass line,” and straighten out any irregularities.
Yue’s severe disciplinary violation proves the necessity and urgency of implementing the “mass line,” the circular said.
State media will hopefully continue reporting on localized corruption as the “crackdown” continues, and will reassure us that corruption totally isn’t systemic and that the Party is best at policing itself. Or something.
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