Transparency International’s annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” has been released for 2013, and China has expertly hovered at its same positions as last year: number 80 out of 177. Top 50% ain’t bad.
When treated as a separate entity, Hong Kong actually beat-out Japan, coming in at 15 and 18, respectively. China’s cozy 80-spot is shared with Greece, and nestled between less-corrupt Tunisia and more-corrupt Swaziland.
What is most impressive, however, is China’s stasis over the last year. The actual “corruption score” used to rank nations is a 1-100 scale where 100 is best, and which presumably requires quite a bit of book-learnin’ and math to compute. Taking Transparency International at their word here, China’s 2012 score of 39 and ever-so-slightly-better 2013 score of 40 is a bit of a shock. This year has seen one of the most serious extravagance/corruption crackdowns in ages, yet the Chinese people surveyed seem unfazed.
Xi Jinping will presumably read this with a heavy heart (we are working under the assumption that he is an avid Shanghaiist reader and commenter) but perhaps he will find some solace in the fact that North Korea’s socialist utopia to the east has a humble score of 8, and is tied with Somalia for the absolute bottom-rung on the international survey. It could be worse.
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