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China's President Xi says fight against graft faces "deadlock": newspaper

Published on Aug 5, 2014 4:22 PM
 
China's President Xi Jinping stands next to a Chinese national flag during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, in this Nov 13, 2013 file photo. China's campaign against graft has hit a deadlock because of resistance from an "army of corruption" and the destiny of the Communist Party is at stake, President Xi Jinping said in a speech to party officials, according to a state newspaper. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's campaign against graft has hit a deadlock because of resistance from an "army of corruption" and the destiny of the Communist Party is at stake, President Xi Jinping said in a speech to party officials, according to a state newspaper.

As part of his vision for a rejuvenated China, Mr Xi is preaching a return to the austerity of the Communist Party's early years. A sweeping attack on corruption is at the core of the campaign.

The report in the Changbaishan Daily, an obscure party newspaper in a small city in northeast China, came less than a week after the party announced an investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the country's most influential politicians of the last decade, in a case that has its roots in a party power struggle.

It is unclear when Mr Xi made the speech to party officials, but the Changbaishan Daily said the details of his remarks were revealed to party officials there in a meeting last Friday. "The two armies of corruption and anti-corruption are in confrontation, and a 'deadlock' has appeared," a party official said on Friday quoting Mr Xi, according to the newspaper which revealed his comments on Monday.

 
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