The rising number of tips from the Chinese public alleging official malfeasance highlights the popularity of the country’s anticorruption campaign, even as the leadership may be shifting gears on the crackdown.
Almost daily, the Communist Party’s antigraft body publishes data that show the number of officials investigated and punished is rising, including the detention of 19 top executives from state-run companies between March and April. Less noticed is the flood of new allegations that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection says it is receiving from members of the public.
The commission reported, for example, that it received 6,000 “public complaints regarding officials in the resource-rich western province Xinjiang during the first quarter, 25% more than in the same period last year. Figures reported by the commission’s branches in a number of smaller locations make similar claims.
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