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1 mln officials punished for corruption
   2016-10-21 19:33:16    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

Over 1 million members of the Communist Party of China have been given disciplinary punishments since 2013 when the Party launched a crackdown on corruption.

That's according to figures released on the official website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), the country's anti-corruption watchdog.

The authority has handed over 1 million cases related to discipline violations to the procuratorate authorities during the past 3 years and nine months.

708,000 similar cases have been closed, involving some 1 million party members.

Among the 1 million names, some major ones have recently been highlighted on television in an 8-episode TV series, with the inclusion of some tearful confessions.

The TV series, titled "Always on the Road", is being aired on China Central Television (CCTV) and online streaming platforms.

IQiyi received 3.14 million views for the first four parts.

Li Chuncheng [Screenshot from "Always on the Road"]

Li Chuncheng, former deputy Party chief of southwestern Sichuan province, confessed tearfully: "After getting to this stage, I realized what I have done is so different from what I used to go after. I have done wrong to the Party, to the people and especially to those who followed me trying to do something for society. I am the one that influences their values. What kind of things have I done? "

Bai Enpei [Screenshot from "Always on the Road"]

Further details have also been coming to light, such as bribes in the form of "gifts", such as a jade bracelet worth 15 million yuan ($2.2 million) given to Bai Enpei, a former top official in Yunnan province, in exchange for a piece of land.

Or filling regular water bottles with expensive liquor to avoid public suspicion amid anti-graft campaign.

The series is being aired shortly before the Sixth Plenary Session of the Communist Party of China's 18th Central Committee, which is "a good opportunity to tell good anti-graft stories and promote the building of a clean and honest government," said Hong Daode, a law professor at China University of Political Science and Law.

The meeting, to be held on Monday through until October 27, is expected to propose tougher rules for Party members in the form of two draft disciplinary documents-for professional and personal conduct-to be submitted for discussion and approval.

In the first episode, aired on Monday night, viewers heard from Bai Enpei, Li Chuncheng and Zhou Benshun, former top Party official of the northern Hebei province.

In the second episode, screened on Tuesday, Wan Qingliang, former Party chief of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, and Gu Chunli, former vice-governor of Jilin province, told their stories.

Bai, Li and Wan have been convicted, while Zhou and Gu await trial.

Since November 2012, when the new leadership took office, anti-corruption has become a top priority, and President Xi Jinping has launched a sweeping campaign to target both high- and low-ranking officials. Over 140 senior corrupt officials have been investigated over graft issues, according to the CCDI.

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