China’s top graft watchdog on Monday warned that stricter disciplinary measures must be enforced to prevent cases of abuse in which local cadres carry out anti-corruption operations without higher authorities’ permission.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection also said a “lapse in ideology” had become a “serious disease”. Cadres abandoning communist ideology and turning to religion was a problem for the party, it said.
A front-page article in the watchdog’s newspaper on Monday said hedonism and extravagance were still rife among party cadres despite the ongoing corruption crackdown. It warned that the way in which these traits were manifested had gone “underground” and become more sophisticated of late.
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