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Chinese Embassy Refutes the Financial Times' Editorial on China's Anti-Corruption Campaign

The following is a letter from Mr. Miao Deyu, Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, responding to the Financial Times' editorial on 19th February 2015. The letter was published in the Financial Times on 27th February.

Sir, The comments in your editorial ("China's contradictory war against corruption", February 19) on the rule of law and the anti-corruption campaign in China are biased and incomprehensive. I want to clarify several points to set the record straight.

First, corruption is a historical phenomenon and international issue that all countries need to deal with. The Chinese government attaches great importance to building a clean government and eradicating corruption. Corrupt officials, ranking high or low-"tigers" or "flies", are being brought to justice. According to the statistics, 2014 saw 40 officials at or above ministerial level put under investigation. Disciplinary inspectors and procurators at various levels handled 53,000 cases of violations and disciplined 71,000 party members. Anti-corruption efforts have produced significant results and won wholehearted support and sincere appreciation from the people.

Second, the leadership role of the Communist party of China must be upheld in fighting corruption. The CPC leadership is a historical choice made by the Chinese people and the most fundamental feature of China. Party leadership and socialist rule of law go together. On the one hand, the rule of law under CPC leadership is essential for building a legal system that suits China's national context, serves people's interests and promotes reform and development. On the other hand, the CPC leadership must be exercised within the framework of socialist rule of law. The party must also restrict itself under the constitution and the laws. The CPC leadership, people's ownership and the rule of law are integrated, interconnected and mutually reinforcing.

Third, China's judicial system exercises its power independently and according to law, free from interference by administrative authorities, social organisations or individuals.

Miao Deyu

Spokesman, Chinese Embassy in the UK

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