China has announced plans to create a new anti-corruption agency, further exemplifying President Xi Jinping’s attempts to curb this serious issue in China. Although China established an anti-corruption bureau in 1995, staffing limitations and a weak organizational structure have hindered its effectiveness (Economic Times). The new anti-corruption agency will assist the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (China’s highest national prosecution agency) in rooting out corruption throughout the Chinese government.
Since Xi Jinping took power two years ago, he has promised reform and to hold officials responsible for their actions. Thus far in 2014, “China has sentenced more than 13,000 officials found guilty of corruption and bribery” (BBC News). Additionally, since President Jinping became president, more than 50 senior official have been investigated for corruption. This includes Zhou Yongkang, former domestic security chief, and Xu Caihou, former vice president of China’s Military Commission.
Although corruption is prevalent in governments around the globe, this issue is especially severe in China. It appears that as China attempts to weed out one corrupt official, another emerges somewhere else. It will be interesting to see if this new government agency can effectively begin fixing the corruption problem.