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China's Xi warns of unrest if graft not tackled

Published on Nov 19, 2012 11:14 AM
 
If corruption is allowed to run wild in China then the ruling Communist Party risks major unrest and the collapse of its rule, state media on Monday quoted Communist Party chief Xi Jinping as saying at one of his first major meetings since taking the role. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - If corruption is allowed to run wild in China then the ruling Communist Party risks major unrest and the collapse of its rule, state media on Monday quoted Communist Party chief Xi Jinping as saying at one of his first major meetings since taking the role.

In unusually blunt language, Vice President Xi, who assumes Mr Hu Jintao's job as head of state in March, said that graft was like "worms breeding in decaying matter" - an old Chinese phrase meaning "ruin befalls those who are weak".

"In recent years, some countries have stored up problems over time leading to seething public anger, civil unrest and government collapse - corruption has been an important factor in all this," state newspapers quoted Mr Xi as telling a study session for the Politburo, the party's second-highest decision-making body.

"A great deal of facts tell us that the worse corruption becomes the only outcome will be the end of the party and the end of the state! We must be vigilant!" Mr Xi added.

 
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