Around 350,000 charges of the Communist Party of China (CPC) have been "disciplined" in the last six years for "ostentation" as part of the campaign of Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote "austerity" among its leaders, reports today. The South China Morning Post.
This figure means that around 2% of the Party's positions, which in 2016 had more than 12.5 million members, have received various sanctions since the arrival of Xi to the general secretariat at the end of 2012.
According to the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection, the body responsible for overseeing this type of behavior, in the first ten months of 2018 some 68,500 commanders of all levels of the Party have received punishments, ranging from verbal warning to provisional imprisonment.
However, despite the fact that the "tigers" – high charges of the CCP – attract all media outlets, they only represent 1% of the total sanctioned charges, since the vast majority of punishments are applied to "flies", charges at county level or lower.
These remedies are applied after violating the CCP's "austerity rules" advocated by Xi, including reducing the use of public money, such as unnecessary trips, improper use of homes and official vehicles and "luxurious banquets," the newspaper said. Hong Kong
These norms also refer to how leaders must fulfill their obligations, urging them to avoid "bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance" in their working lives.
These efforts to combat ostentation join the anti-corruption campaign launched by the Chinese president, which has so far resulted in punishment of more than one and a half million positions of the Communist Party, including some of the most powerful politicians and military of the past decade.