Imagine you are a Chinese local-government official at an opulent banquet that is decidedly beyond the “four dishes and a soup” threshold for austerity. You watch as your boss – who pulled up outside the banquet hall in a gleaming Mercedes-Benz S class sedan — tucks into a steaming bowl of shark’s fin soup, washing it down with a mouthful of Romanée Conti. Potential eyewitnesses are hard to come by. What to do?
The Communist Party’s anticorruption agency has just such a scenario in mind. The Central Committee for Discipline Inspection this week updated its smartphone app to allow users to report instances of official corruption on the spot and upload cellphone photos to back it up. Best of all for the nervous cadre, it can be done anonymously.
The app – helpfully called the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Website App – leads the user to the commission’s anticorruption website. There it calls for officials to oppose the Four Winds – meaning formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and waste. The site’s current emphasis is on the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival holiday, as it notes the Four Winds blow most fiercely on those special days.
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