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article imageChina moves further to fight against corruption

By Wang Fangqing     Aug 23, 2009 in Politics
The Chinese government took another step to crack down on corruption by releasing the detailed penalties for officials who set up "small coffer".
According to the notice, issued on Sunday by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), violators will be punished in accordance with the 2004 version of internal supervision regulation, which includes being removed from the party, reports Xinhua.
Setting up "small coffer", or pocketing the money which should have been reported to the party or organizations, is a long-standing problem in China. Often, these money are used for paying personal benefits like overseas trips, extravagant bonus and office renovation.
A nationwide anti-"small coffer" campaign was launched by the government early this year, encouraging people to report the "cancer of the party", according to Xinhua.
The drive of the crackdown could be dated back to last November, when the local officials in Zhejiang province's Wenzhou city and Jiangxi province's Xinyu city were exposed that they spent as high as 650,000 yuan (US$95136) for a 21-day business trip for "human resource management" in the US and Canada, with detailed schedules including visiting Las Vegas, Niagara Falls and all other famous spots in the region.
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