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China warns officials not to cover up corruption

Published on Feb 4, 2014 3:52 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Authorities in China have warned they will go after officials who cover up corruption, state media reported on Tuesday, in the government's latest effort to curb widespread graft.

The ruling Communist Party has shown no sign of wanting to set up an independent body to fight graft, however, and has arrested at least 20 activists who have pushed for officials to reveal their wealth, convicting two and sentencing a third activist to a jail term.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, an arm of China's anti-corruption watchdog, said investigators should probe the perpetrators of graft, besides supervising members of the ruling Communist Party and local investigators themselves.

"Officials must investigate those responsible, as well as relevant leaders' involvement, including within party committees and discipline inspection committees," said a research unit that is part of the disciplinary body, according to official news agency Xinhua.

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