China’s sweeping anticorruption campaign, in the estimates of many analysts, isn’t likely to cure the country’s deep-rooted graft problem. It is helping to clean up China’s murky economic data, at least in one instance.
For all the effort being poured into fighting graft in China, anticorruption czar Wang Qishan says he’s simply buying time until more-permanent reforms in the world’s second-largest economy.
If China’s anticorruption crusade is working so well in cleaning up the Communist party, why is Beijing worried that some think that the campaign is really just a struggle for political power?
Stories out of central China's Henan province highlight a major challenge for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anticorruption crusade: to not only to halt graft but also--once malfeasance is contained--to prevent it from reappearing.
As 2015 dawns, a key task facing the party is to combine legal reforms with anticorruption efforts in such a way that China can finally break free of the culture of graft that underpins public cynicism about the country’s leaders.