By: Jeff Recero
Article Title: Chinese Anti-Corruption Drive Nets Politburo Member
This article discusses a senior Chinese official who is being under investigation for corrupt activities. This exemplifies that China is having serious obstacles when dealing with corruption. The senior Chinese official is Li Jianguo, the vice-chairman of China's parliament of the National People's Congress has not been officially charged yet, however it could represent the first time a high ranking official has been involved since President Xi Jinping's new drive towards anti-corruption processes. This shows how dedicated Xi Jinping is to getting rid of corruption within the government. He stated that anti-corruption efforts should target low-ranking "flies" as well as powerful "tigers". So far this drive has focused on regional officials and this has been effective, as evidenced by the implication of Li Chuncheng, who is a official in the Sichuan Province. This push by Xi Jinping although overtly effective, might be covertly obsolete as the Chinese Communist party is beginning to take a larger role in determining corruption case outcomes and mandating the punishment. With this change of direction from a legally to politically based charges, and determinants, the party's power will grow. The result will be more overt attacks on "flies" and "tigers," creating a growing sentiment of anti-corruption among the public; however the covert effect will be a growing power of the party to target and poach "tigers" when necessary.