By Tom Bannister
From Lei’s women to Zhou’s property; recent corruption scandals have surged through the Chinese media with worrying regularity. Now, to put all this in context, a newly published global survey ranks China as the 80th least-corrupt country in the world. The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, published by Transparency International, is based on surveys of analysts who score a country on a scale from 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (non-corrupt). Although the index has received criticism in recent years, it remains one of the most widely referenced measures of public-sector corruption.
Finland, New Zealand and Denmark scored highest whilst North Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia came bottom. China was given a score of 39 which meant that it ranked joint 80th out of 174 countries (tied with Trinidad and Tobago and Serbia). This is slightly down on recent results, having come 75th in 2011 (out of 182), 78th in 2010 (out of 178), and 79th in 2009 (out of 180). Interestingly China’s score of 39 was just 3 points worse than Italy and 3 points better than India.
14 Hong Kong
19 United States
45 South Korea