To follow up on my previous post regarding corruption and embezzlement in R&D public-private partnerships, NPR reports on some disturbing elements of Xi Jinping’s fight against corruption. Does Mr. Xi believe the ends justify the means, even if that entails using fire to fight fire, so to speak?
Using the extra-legal, intra-party detention and interrogation system known as shangghui, “experts estimate at least several thousand people are secretly detained every year for weeks or months under an internal system that is separate from state justice,” according to an AP report by Gillian Wong. He first reported the story of a local party official, Zhou Wangyen, who claims he faced torture at the hands of the Communist Party.
The question is: are these harsh measures warranted, given the entrenched and ubiquitous nature of corruption within China?