China probes 37,000 officials for graft

China investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November, state media said on Sunday.

Out of the 27,236 cases, 12,824 resulted in "losses for the people" involving a total of 5.51 billion yuan ($0.9 billion), Xinhua news agency said without elaborating.

It cited a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, China's top prosecuting body, which could not be reached for comment Sunday.

China's top prosecutor Cao Jianming told the National People's Congress parliament in October that 200,000 people had been probed for embezzlement or bribery between January 2008 and last August.

Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has taken a hard line against graft since coming to power a little over one year ago, warning that corruption could destroy the party.

He has threatened to stamp down on high-ranking officials, or "tigers", along with low-level "flies" to maintain the purity of the party.

At the same time he has mounted an austerity drive, with a range of measures including limits on banquets and bans on gift-giving.

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Discussion 1 : 06/01/2014 at 10:02 AM
I totally agree with the previous comments. I just want to add that there are many corrupt people in the private sector as well.
Discussion 2 : 06/01/2014 at 05:29 AM
This is what Thailand needs, probe all the corrupt officials! Get the corrupt politicians from red to yellow to whatever color to confess their crimes and stop the lies why they did it. It is pure and simple about money and power. They did not do what they did for Thailand, but just for their own interests, and this is a shame for the whole country. from iPhone application.
Discussion 3 : 06/01/2014 at 12:03 AM
That is what we need in a Thailand. I hope China will lead the way.
Discussion 4 : 05/01/2014 at 11:46 PM
Well, I am swiftly changing my opinion of China !
Discussion 5 : 05/01/2014 at 06:54 PM
Soltair, in good totalitarian practice, requisitions a monopoly on fingerpointing, and prefers to sweep under the rug that hisleader is welll-known as one of the most corrupt politicians in Thailand.
Discussion 6 : 05/01/2014 at 06:51 PM
If Thailand did this there wouldn't be a government left.
Discussion 7 : 05/01/2014 at 06:35 PM
Please bring Xi Jinping to Thailand. Investigating 37,000 officials would just be the tip of the graft problem here. Instead of just talking about it Ms Caretaker PM, you should have been acting on the promises you made during your time in office.
Discussion 8 : 05/01/2014 at 06:15 PM
Some other countries should look at the system in China, to take care of corrupt politicians.
Discussion 9 : 05/01/2014 at 06:11 PM
"since coming to power a little over one year ago, warning that corruption could destroy the party." Now this you should import from China Ma'am. You only talk and make promises you don't keep, hence the problem we have now as a result. And no, finger pointing at others will not solve anything.

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