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Experts comment on China's civil servants and anti-corruption.

By Zhang Qingchen Updated Mar.20

According to successful experiences in some countries and areas, publishing the family property of civil servants is an effective way to prevent corruption, and it is one of a set of measures to tackle the currently low efficiency of bottom-up supervision.” 
Ling Huan, a member of Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), suggested renewing China’s Civil Servant Law, saying a provision on publishing the family property of civil servants should be added into the law, reported by The Beijing News. 

“We must clearly realize problems with the anti-corruption campaign. For example, at the grassroots level, officials snitch on each other for invalid reasons, making it hard to build a state based on law and causing everyone to feel insecure. If we can't find a baseline, it's going to cause trouble.  Moreover, the definition of corruption is ambiguous. Anti-corruption does not mean authorities abstain from acting at all, but many officials are unwilling to do anything now. Not every mistake that officials make is corruption, and failure at reform also doesn't count as corruption.” 
Zheng Yongnian, director of East Asian Institute at National University of Singapore, breaks down problems with the anti-corruption campaign, as reported by the news site: sike.news.cn.