China's president-in-waiting says 'no leniency' in corruption fight
BEIJING (AFP) - China's president-in-waiting Xi Jinping intensified calls for a crackdown on corruption Tuesday, saying there would be "no leniency" for party officials whatever their rank, state media reported.
Mr Xi, who is already Communist Party boss and due to become China's president in March, has repeatedly pledged to fight graft amid rising social discontent over government corruption and political scandals that have engulfed the party.
He carried that call Tuesday to a meeting of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party body tasked with disciplinary issues, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
"We must have the resolution to fight every corrupt phenomenon, punish every corrupt official and constantly eradicate the soil which breeds corruption, so as to earn people's trust with actual results," Mr Xi said in a speech.