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Hu vows to harshly punish officials for malpractice
2010-01-11 21:19
 BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao vowed Tuesday that no corrupt official would be above the law and Communist Party of China (CPC) discipline.

    Addressing a plenary session of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the Party's anti-graft body, Hu said efforts should be made to investigate cases of power abuse, corruption and embezzlement as well as dereliction of duty.

Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Hu Jintao delivers a speech at the 5th plenary session of the 17th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 12, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
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    He pledged to push forward the construction of anti-corruption procedures, with confidence, determination, forceful measures and a solid working style.

    Hu, also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said efforts were needed to strengthen ties between the Party and the people and to address people's complaints.

    He called for enhanced supervision and monitoring on the implementation of major central policies and measures and urged the promotion of a corruption-free working style among Party leaders.

    Problems that seriously violated the public interests and public complaints should be addressed to promote social harmony, he said.

    The construction of the anti-corruption mechanism was a "pressing task" and important part of the country's fight against corruption.

    He called for intensified and improved publicity on anti-corruption measures, reform and improvement of intra-Party supervision, expanded supervision channels, and the establishment of an anti-corruption information database and network.

    He said efforts should be made to better execute anti-graft regulations and promote awareness, especially among middle and high-level officials, that "all people are equal before the law, and no privilege is allowed."

    Leaders and officials should play a leading role in studying anti-graft regulations, strictly abiding by and safeguarding those regulations, he said.

    Senior CPC leaders, including Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, attended the meeting, which was presided over by He Guoqiang, head of the anti-graft commission.

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