Hu Jintao’s warning on corruption may have sounded stern, but seems hollow given it has been trotted out myriad times by previous top party officials.
The warning by Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao on Thursday that the party’s failure to tackle graft could result in the “fall of the state and party” may have sounded severe – but he was only repeating something that his predecessors have been warning about for years.
Despite the repeated warnings, corruption has continued to spread and eat into every fibre of mainland society – from government to the market, schools and many other areas.
Serious as they sound, political scientists said the warnings by party leaders were just lip service because the mechanism for tackling corruption was not working properly and the leadership did not seem inclined to fix it.
Professor Li Chengyan , from Peking University‘s school of government, said there…
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