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China rules out promotion for officials with family overseas

Published on Jan 17, 2014 11:45 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese officials whose spouses and children have emigrated will not be considered for promotion, state media reported, in the latest move to crack down on pervasive corruption.

China has witnessed a series of cases where so-called "naked officials", the term for government workers whose husbands, wives or children are all overseas, have used their foreign family connections to illegally move assets or avoid probes.

"They belong to a high-risk group for corruption. Around 40 percent of economic cases and nearly 80 percent of corruption and embezzlement cases involve naked officials," the official Xinhua news agency cited Communist Party official Wang Huanchun as saying late on Thursday.

Xinhua said the revised rules had for the first time ruled out promotion for such officials.

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