China sets up name and shame anti-corruption web page

Website urges public to report 'lavish' spending during Chinese New Year

China sets up name and shame anti-corruption web page

World Bulletin/News Desk

China’s anti-corruption investigators have set up a web page for the public to report “lavish behavior” during the lunar New Year, state media reported Thursday.

The Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said the move would allow it to tackle practices such as party officials using public funds for gifts, Xinhua news agency said.

The initiative comes after several high-profile cases in the anti-corruption drive launched by President Xi Jinping last year.

Last week Liu Tienan, former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, was jailed for life for taking bribes worth millions of dollars and earlier this month criminal charges were brought against former security head Zhou Yongkang, the most senior party official to face trial for corruption.

The anti-corruption body’s website will also identify all cases involving "disciplinary violations" starting from Dec. 29, Xinhua added.

It also has a forum for members of the public to post their views and suggestions on anti-corruption measures.

China's Spring Festival, or the lunar New Year, falls on Feb. 19.

The announcement came as beauty giant Avon was fined $135 million by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for paying out bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.

The company’s Chinese subsidiary paid $8 million from 2004 to 2008 to obtain a direct selling licence, the commission said in a statement. The payments included travel for officials, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Tiffany goods as well as tickets to the China open tennis tournament.

 

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