|China Voice: A hundred "tigers" down, but the hunt goes on|
In Chinese culture, the number one hundred generally means full or complete. But the fall of the 100th corrupt "tiger" does not mean an end to the anti-corruption fight.
China unveiled a series of new measures that will give more power to anti-graft watchdogs in their leadership selection on Monday, as part of the reforms to increase authority of discipline agencies.
The measures give the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) more say in selection and assessment of discipline inspection leaders at the provincial level and in key state-owned enterprises.
These new rules are expected to give local chief discipline inspectors more authority and shake off restraints when overseeing officials of equal standing.
One day prior to the new measures, media reported three senior military officers are being investigated for corruption. This brings the number of senior Party members, government officials and military officers investigated since the CPC 18th National Congress to 102.
Despite current tough measures in the fight, unscrupulous violations still occur. This shows investigation and punishment is not enough to deter corrupt officials and that the regulation of power still needs to be improved.
In the fight against corruption, the CPC allows no compromise. Resolute capture and punishment for corrupt and wayward officials will shore up, not undermine, the confidence of the honest ones with the authorities and the public at large.
The principle remains unchanged: as long as misconduct persists, the hunt goes relentlessly on.