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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-8-9 02:27|
CHINA'S ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN NEEDS TO ENLARGE ITS FOCUS
We are all deeply impressed by the depth and breadth of Xi's anti-corruption drive that has netted more than 100,000 corrupt officials, 99 of whom were high-ranking national level officials, and about half a dozen of whom were near the very top.
All of these are necessary, but they are NOT sufficient.
The reason is because some of the worst cases of corruption, bordering on treason, can never be proven, let alone prosecuted, and the culprit removed in time to save the country from major damage.
Let us take a HYPOTHETICAL CASE to illustrate the blind spots, lethal blind spots, of the current anti-corruption campaign.
Diplomats and finance officials by nature of their work have to interact with foreign governments, businesses and political figures. There is nothing wrong with that. Now, even military officials are being invited abroad to attend meetings with their counterparts in a get-to-know-each-other meetings, on a regular basis. Again, nothing wrong with that. Political leaders all the more have to meet the political leaders of other countries to resolve conflicts and cooperate on common interests. Nothing wrong either.
What about family members, close aides, visiting or being visited by local and foreign persons of importance? Routine.
In any of these situations, "deals" can be struck that can never be proven. The anatomy of a deal is a meeting of the minds, on an exchange of goods or services, without needing any piece of paper or proof. The foundation of a deal is trust. And trust can be given by one party to the other without any paper. What follows is credit that is based on the same trust, which also does not require any paper. So, while an official is pursuing a policy that is detrimental to the country, how can his corruption ever be proven? It cannot.
BUT WHAT CAN BE PROVEN IF THE AUTHORITIES EXERCISE DUE DILIGENCE IS ANY DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL INTEREST, BE IT FINANCIAL, DIPLOMATIC, POLITICAL, MILITARY OR TERRITORIAL. WHERE THERE IS DAMAGE OR HARM TO THE COUNTRY, THERE IS CAUSE FOR ATTENTION AND INVESTIGATION.
This is where the Anti-Corruption Drive should begin its campaign. It should ask of every official, if he has done anything that could hurt the national interest, with such damage having occurred in the past, occurring in the present, or to occur in the future. If there is, there is no need to prove that there was any quid pro quo between such an official and another entity, domestic or foreign. This fellow is already OUT, and what remains to be determined is the motive, i.e., is it due to incompetence, or is it due to corruption. That is what should NEXT be evaluated.
THE CURRENT ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN PUTS THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. It wants to find first the evidence of the crime before stopping the criminal, and lastly removing him from office and punishing him. In short, it is too little and too late. The ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN should begin with DETECTING ACTS THAT HURT THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN ANY WAY, suspend such officials FIRST, stop the sucking and bleeding of the public good, and THEN go after the tigers and the flies.
IN SHORT, IF THE ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IS GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THE PUBLIC GOOD, IT SHOULD FIRST SAVE THE VICTIM, GUARD THE PUBLIC INTEREST, THEN GO AFTER THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS.
This is the LITMUS TEST of whether the ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN is itself CORRUPTED OR NOT. It should analyze the actions and policies of ALL officials, and if they could hurt the public or country in any way, even without evidence of corruption, these officials should be monitored, and IF THE DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY IS IN THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS, THEY SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FIRST. Why? Because the public interest should be protected first, and it is the foremost goal of the anti-corruption drive.
The first step in protecting the public interest is not fighting corruption, but fighting incompetence and indifference to the public interest - in short, fighting LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY OF OFFICIALS FOR THEIR ACTIONS AND INACTIONS.
Who has stepped up to apologize for China's economic decline? Any offers to resign? None? How about the public interest? Isn't it more important than merely catching tigers and flies?
IN THE CASE OF THE PRESENT THREAT TO CHINA, WHICH IS ECONOMIC, THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TO REMOVE THE OVERVALUATION OF THE YUAN AT 6.20 YUAN/DOLLAR AND BRING IT DOWN IMMEDIATELY TO 6.50 YUAN/DOLLAR BEFORE FACTORIES AND BUSINESSES DECLARE BANKRUPTCY, WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO DO IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR, AS BY NOW, THEY WOULD HAVE KNOWN IF THEIR EXPORT VOLUME AND DOMESTIC SALES VOLUME WOULD BRING THEM ABOVE OR BELOW THEIR COSTS OF OPERATION. SAVE THE VICTIM FIRST, THEN GO AFTER THE TIGERS AND FLIES, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND, IF THIS EMERGENCY CRISIS CREW IS WORTH ITS NAME.