Central government regulates “Naked Officials”


China news agency, Beijing reported in September16, 2009 that according to the Ministry of Commerce survey, in the last 30 years about 4,000 corrupted officials fled the country and carried away about 50 billion USD with them. Today, fleeing corrupt officials have become a major problem that Chinese government faces.

(Southern Weekender) To address this issue, according to Xinhua News Agency, the CPC Central Committee General Office, State Council recently issued “Interim Provisions to strengthen management on national staffs whose spouses and children have already moved to countries (territories) outside of China”, and issued announcement urging all local departments to take serious actions on implementing the provisions.

The “Interim Provisions” clearly defines regulations on reports about national staff’s spouses and children who have moved to foreign countries, the office held by the staff, issues of avoiding handling public affairs, handling non-official passports and laissez-passer documents to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions and licenses and documents management of going abroad for private business or immigration to foreign countries and so on.

The provisions requires national staff to submit written reports on the situation of the spouses and children moved to foreign countries (territories) to the cadre management authority. And the reports must be submitted timely when the situation and conditions change. The provisions states that when staff handling public affairs related to their spouses and children moving foreign countries (territories) should take the initiative to explain the situation to the head of the department. When there is a conflict of interest, they shall voluntarily avoid, or to be instructed to avoid by the responsible department.

“Interim Provision” stated that when applicable personnel handling non-official passports, laissez-passer documents to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions, licenses and documents to go abroad for private business or immigration, should strictly abide by state laws and regulations; cadres above the county level applying or handling above matters should be reviewed by relevant department according to the cadre management authority. Personnel selection and appointment should provide detailed investigation involving a comprehensive understanding of the relevant circumstances.

“Interim Provisions” clearly stated, in violation of the provisions, depending on the seriousness, the staff shall be punished with criticism and education, organizational disciplines and legal disciplines.

The origin of the “Naked Officials”

June 2006, former director of Bureau of Fujian Province Zhou Jinhuo was going to be “double regulated” (双规 Shuanggui: ordered to give a clear explanation of one’s issues; give a confession by certain time and at designated place.) for involving in a criminal case up to 100 million yuan. However Zhou fled the country before he was “regulated” and left behind a letter on his desk, telling the discipline inspection department that he was long gone and do not bother looking for him. Zhou’s wife Chen Shuzhen was already immigrated to the U. S. and holds the green card which provided him with the escape plan.

Former Vice Chairman of Shaanxi Province, Pang Jiayu was sentenced to 12 years in prison for accepting bribes and derelictions of duty. What attracted the most public attentions was, Pang’s wife and children had already immigrated to Canada at the time when he was in power. After Pang was sentenced, these kind of corrupted officials in China, whose family members have already immigrated to foreign countries are so called “Naked Officials”.

Last year in November, Shenzhen promulgated “Interim Provisions on strengthening the supervision of the party and government chiefs”, which for the first time states “Naked Officials” may not serve as party chief and group member of important sectors; in order to prevent “Naked Officials” from fleeting the country, Guangdong Provincial Party Committee Organization Department requires provincial cadres to report family situation prior to taking office.

February 22 this year, the Supervision Ministry issued “Main Focuses of 2010 National Bureau of Corruption Prevention”, in which “the methods of increasing the awareness and management of public officers whose spouses and children moved to foreign countries” was clearly listed. This was also the first time Supervision Ministry and Bureau of Corruption Prevention publicly providing regulations focusing on the “Naked Officials”.

On April 23 this year, the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau considered the Interim Provisions about cadres reporting personal information on spouses and children who have moved to foreign countries (territories). Recently the central authority issued “The Provisions on cadres reporting personal information”, in which explicitly required officials to report the living and working situations of their spouses and children who are outside of China.

  1. 50 billion US from the guys who made a run for it. Wonder how much the people who stayed to milk the cash cow have skimmed. Probably no less than a 2 digit number of trillion yuan when it’s all added up. I’ve heard numbers indicating that up to 10 percent of the entire Chinese government budget ends up in the wrong pockets. If that’s true we are talking about truly incredible sums of money.

  2. its systems like this that corrupt official specialize in getting around

    you think an official, with millions of yuan and resources wont be able to get around lying on report about his family?

  3. “Naked Officials” may not serve as party chief and group member of important sectors.

    This is like official recognition of corruption .

  4. I like this expression naked officials, China is changing…

    And it is right, china now use the double control, gouvernement and the media/population.

  5. I wonder however whether this will apply to the likes of Zheng Qinghong whose son, daughter-in-law and grandson all became Australian permanent residents in 2005 / 06.

    I am sure the regulations are in themselves well intentioned, but unless they are well and widely enforced, the will be meaningless.

  6. I’ve read a reporet which said : An american mayor got into a corruption , about 25 thousands $.. Chinese netizen reply the same sentence : C-party officials treat that number as a small cake.The text got more than 4000 replies after publishing it in 30minutes

    The text was deleted on baidu.com now (It does exist when I was typing this)

    1. If I was an official in China and knew what an Official knew, I would rip the GOV off too. Can you imagine trying to manage an area let alone a country full of lousy people in a lousy land. GOV ever slipped and gave me an opprotunity to get the fuck out on the Tax payers dimes, I won’t even leave a note. Leave them a steaming pile of shit on my desk with the flag poked thru the center.

  7. I doubt the Central Government can really reign in on corruption as long as it remains ‘central’. A government that intends to govern so vastly throughout its society, whether rightly or wrongly, creates many avenues for corruption. It just has to accept that public officials are humans too, most work only for money and are not dedicated to any ideal of improving the country. Any rigorous attempt to control its officials would likely turn the government into a more totalitarian-like regime. At most you could ramp up investigations and dish death penalties to all the guilty.

    1. Word, but even then the offenders that never get caught are already gone once the heat is on them. It make you think they must have the worse spying agency.

  8. I don’t think corruption can ever be stopped or reduced through this. The cause of corruption is power and we all know the saying…..

    The real solution is to distribute that power into more counter balancing organisations and people. But why would anyone enact laws to reduce his own power??

  9. I have briefly read this article and several others on this portal, “Chinahush.” I am a theologian and a man.

    As a man, I feel various degrees of lust at times, when I am less obedient towards God. However, I do not act upon these feelings, as I have developed strong habits throughout my life, instilled within my character from childhood. I work now to instill such self-discipline within my four boys and daughter.

    As a theologian, I know that there are far more wonderful things to ponder than lust, which is ever more plain and common. In English “vulgar” has two meanings, one of which is common.

    I believe far too much attention is given to the sexual appetites of Chinese officials. If they are not breaking laws or hurting others (threats, coercion, violence), then just ignore them. Most political leaders (of any nation) have a lot of problems with sexual piccadilloes. They are generally weak, ambitious men. As much as possible, ignore them and do not emulate them or set them up as models for your sons. Certainly do not give them so much press time.

    And have some empathy. They are bored and live small, tedious lives. The common man under these circumstances seems to need a greater stress release outlet in sex with younger women.

    These men cannot be role models for all of society, if only because they are relatively uneducated regarding moral development, having been busy all of their lives giving attention to the myriad matters which are necessary to gain attention and promotion within the communist party. So be it.

    But let’s not make popular figures out of them, cluttering the net websites. To the extent that we gossip about them, giving them greater exposure, we too, lead boring, insignificant lives, which are not good models for our children.

    There are surely some good Chinese Officials, those who spend relatively greater time with their young children, helping with housework and childcare, and also working assiduously to administer justice and provide public services.

    Provide a few interviews with people such as these, from all walks of life, particularly those in the private sector, who are paving the way for a new China, one utterly free of one-party politics, a bold New China that serves as the epitome of a free, democractic nation, which sports a huge variety of creative cultural entities.

    This can only occur in freedom. And freedom is not merely a political gift, not something you need to fight for, per se, and believe you have won if you merely oust the communist party from power. Political victory on earth, however shallow, gains you nothing in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus Christ commands us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven.”

    Know this: True freedom comes only with internal constraint, moral development. In the Orient we have a long history of dependence upon external social control for restraint, which is a lot better than nothing.

    However, our moral awareness remains limited as long as we fail to develop a strong internal moral compass. Christianity teaches this, and this is wildly popular in China, with some estimates passing 300 million for the number of Chinese who have become Christian.

    However, as Rome was not built in a day, so too, we cannot expect new Christians to become morally perfect in a short time. But the Christian experience is a good start, to say the least. I live in South Korea, a nation in some ways more thoroughly affected by Confucian Thought than China, and this gives me some understanding of the Chinese condition.

    As true freedom depends upon having developed a highly refined internal moral compass, you must know that you will not ascend to freedom without first looking upon your current officials with a more loving, tolerant understanding and stop seeking to demonize them for acting upon the same pathetic sense of lust which is common to all people.

    I am not a politically powerful man. I am sure that if I were in a more powerful position, similar to that of a Chinese official, that I would have more difficulty controlling my primitive desires (sexual, food, materialism, et cetera). The Christian understanding of this is, “If not for the Grace of God, there go I.”

    Love, Nathaniel

  10. Spelling Corrections:
    1. piccadilloes => peccadilloes
    2. democractic => democratic

    Grammar Correction:
    1. In English “vulgar” -> In English, “vulgar”

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