Despite praise for Guangdong party boss Wang Yang‘s promise last week of a pilot scheme to force officials to declare their assets, some experts said the programme fell short of what was needed to fight corruption.
Wang, who is considered a leading voice for reform and a contender for the Politburo’s supreme Standing Committee, announced the move to the province’s Communist Party Congress, where he also vowed stronger supervision and audits of party officials who run agencies and state-owned enterprises.
“[We should] combat corruption, build a cleaner government and strengthen supervision to improve the party’s management,” Wang said. “[We should] practically strengthen the supervision of party cadres, especially decision makers … and launch a pilot scheme to require cadres to declare their assets.”
But Wang provided few details about the scheme, such as when it would start and which officials would be included in it. Some observers also…
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