[photopress:Wang_Guangtao_1_2.jpg,full,alignright]Shao Daosheng, a retired special researcher with the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the collusion of officials in the Communist Party of China (CPC) and government with big business is posing new challenges in China’s fight against corruption.
According to Shao Daosheng, ‘land corruption’, often found in real estate industry and land approval projects, was the key to be addressed in the battle against corruption. He said, ‘If land corruption was dealt with, the government would get twice the results with half the effort in the fight against corruption.’
In February, Minister of Construction Wang Guangtao (seen in our picture above), warned that the real estate industry had become a hotbed of power-for-money deals. He said, ‘The industry has institutional loopholes in preventing and combating corruption, especially the collusion between government officials and businesses.’
Last year, 415 people in the construction sector were found to have committed criminal offences of breaching the ruling Communist Party’s disciplinary code. About 68% were in administrative departments.
From January to July, 1,608 commercial corruption cases involved the construction sector, 26.3% of the country’s total commercial corruption cases for that period.