China's graft-buster exposes decadent officials ahead of holiday

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-25 21:59:16|Editor: Mengjie
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BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC)'s top disciplinary agency on Tuesday named and shamed officials in seven cases as part of a major anti-corruption campaign.

The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) released the names of over 10 officials involved in misuse of public funds for banquets and private tours, lavish wedding ceremonies, bribes, and falsifying invoices, among other violations.

Punishments for those on the list include warnings, demotions, and removal from office.

In one case, Zheng Pengwen, an official with the public security bureau in the City of Chongzuo in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was given a disciplinary warning for holding an extravagent wedding for his son and accepting 47,900 yuan (7,000 U.S. dollars) in cash as gifts.

An eight-point rule was introduced by the CPC leadership at the end of 2012 to fight bureaucracy, formalism and extravagance among Party members.

The disciplinary watchdog warned officials against untoward behavior during the holidays, such as the upcoming May Day holiday and the Dragon Boat Festival.

Holidays usually see a rise in gift-giving, banquets, ceremonies and other violations in China. May Day holiday and the Dragon Boat Festival are three-day national holidays in May and June.