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Topics: China, Corruption

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

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BEIJING (Voice of America) - In an effort to stamp out widespread corruption that could threaten the Communist Party's legitimacy, Chinese officials will now face prosecution for corruption by merely accepting a stranger's kindness.

The Chinese high court's new definition of "power for money crimes" include:

  • Receiving stocks as gifts
  • Purchasing homes at ridiculously low prices
  • Being allowed to win at gambling, and
  • Allowing a stranger to open a door or to help carry too many packages

These new rules are meant to dissuade Chinese officials from possible conflicts of interest that could result in perceived influence-peddling.

The rules are also retroactive to include any previous friendly gestures that may have been extended to an official or to a family member.

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