It looks like Chinese President Xi Jinping still has some work to do, despite a massive austerity campaign that has snared hundreds of “tigers” and thousands more “flies” since he took office, China still somehow ranks around the middle when it comes to corruption compared with the rest of the world, according to a new survey.
This year, Transparency International’s annual “Corruption Perceptions Index” ranked China as the 83rd “cleanest” entity out of 167. This leaves them tied with such forthright countries as Colombia, Liberia and Sri Lanka.
Despite all of Xi’s hard work, China’s (highly-scientific) corruption rating actually went up a point from last year, from 36 to 37, and its ranking slipped down a few spots from 80th in 2013. What’s a Xi Dada to do?
Meanwhile, when treated as separate entities, Hong Kong comes in at 18th and Taiwan at 30th on the list.
The index uses expert opinion to measure the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. It’s probably not going to help next year’s ranking that the man in charge of all of China’s numbers just got placed under investigation for corruption.