Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Also, since its appearance in 1997,Chinese officials have developed thousands of ways to get around it, so why bring it back all of the sudden??
CPC requires leading cadres to report their personal affairs
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The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday announced it is requiring all leading cadres to provide details of their personal affairs, including listing their investments, changes in their marital status and whether their children marry foreigners.
A circular providing details of reporting requirements was issued after a meeting on Tuesday of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee which was presided over by President Hu Jintao, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.
The circular says the goal of the reporting requirement is to strengthen the Party's internal supervision and ensure clean and honest governance.
The circular says that enhancing the Party's internal supervision and preventing corruption are necessary requirements for improving the Party's capacity to govern and to maintain the Party's leading role.
The circular says the requirement to have leading cadres report their personal affairs, which was officially promulgated in January 1997 by the General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, is an important Party regulation that reflects the CPC's resolve to supervise its leading cadres.
The circular requires leading cadres to report to the Party within a month when the following changes occur in their personal affairs: if they or their spouses, or their children who live with them, build, buy, sell or rent property; if they participate in organizing a marriage ceremony or funeral rite for themselves or a close relative; if they or their children marry foreigners; if their spouses or children immigrate to other countries; if they travel abroad for private reasons; if their spouses or children are investigated by judicial organs or are suspected of committing crimes and if their spouses and children run individual, private businesses or contract and rent state-owned enterprises and collective enterprises, or act as high-ranking managers in joint ventures and mainland branches of overseas companies.
The circular says the meeting considered that with the development of the country's reforms and modernization, the reporting regulations needed to be revised and the reporting procedures improved.
The meeting required all the Party cadres to adhere to the notion of "exerting power for the people, sharing the feeling of the people and working for the people's interests" and consciously implement the regulations.
Cadre's performance in implementing the regulations will be taken as an important factor in his or her overall tenure assessment, according to the meeting.
The regulations apply to cadres in Party's organs, people's congresses, governments, political advisory organs and judicial organs at county level or above, as well as cadres whose ranks are equivalent to a county head in state-owned enterprises and companies.
Earlier this month, the CPC issued another important rule, namely regulations on the system of withdrawal of officials and their family relatives, saying that the spouse, children and relatives of a person appointed to the leading official post in a government or Party unit cannot be subordinate officials, accountants, auditors or human resources cadres in that unit during the official's tenure.
According to the new regulations, officials must not work in a government office that controls or supervises any industry or enterprise in which their family members hold shares.
China recently exposed some corruption cases.
Zhou Jinhuo, former director of Fujian's Bureau of Industry and Commerce, was accused of graft in the relatively wealthy coastal province.
The 57-year-old official tried to flee overseas in June while being investigated for corruption by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
He was caught in southwest border province of Yunnan after police tracked a call he made to one of his three mistresses telling her his whereabouts.
On Aug. 27, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, or national legislature, expelled him.
Here is the original decree:
第十条 各省、自治区、直辖市，中央直属机关工委和中央国家机关工委， 实行系统管理的部门、单位，可根据本规定结合实际制定具体办法。