TV series on flushing out graft in China

BEIJING • Former vice-governor of Gansu province Yu Haiyan cut up all photographs of him with people who had bribed him before flushing the pieces down the toilet.

To destroy evidence, Yu also dipped his mobile phone in vinegar and threw it into the Yellow River to erase its records of calls from those who had offered him bribes.

These details - and more - were revealed in a new political documentary on the anti-graft measures taken by China in its fight against corruption, China Daily reported.

The five-episode documentary, Sharp Sword Of Inspection, started running on Thursday. It highlighted President Xi Jinping's use of inspections as tools to boost clean governance amid the country's unprecedented crackdown on graft.

The documentary was filmed by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the country's top anti-corruption watchdog, and China Central Television.

Nearly 20 corrupt senior officials, including former Tianjin police chief Wu Changshun and former Party chief of Liaoning province Wang Min, were featured. They expressed their regrets and confessions over their misdeeds.

Inspection, or xunshi, proves to be an effective tool for fighting corruption. Among the cases probed by the top anti-graft watchdog, about 60 per cent of the indicators of graft were collected by the inspection teams, said China Daily.

There have been 12 rounds of inspections at 277 government and Communist Party units, state- owned enterprises, institutes and universities. Mr Xi has highlighted the importance of inspections many times in the five years since he started the anti-graft campaign.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2017, with the headline 'TV series on flushing out graft in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe