China Creates New Anti-Corruption Body

The Chinese government has established a new National Bureau of Corruption Prevention and Supervision. There are widespread reports that local officials in China have used their power to force payments in return for normal government services. As China rapidly expands opportunities for civil servants to make money have expanded. In the absence of democratic elections, it is difficult for ordinary citizens, particularly those living in rural areas, to have redress when abused by local officials. China over the past year has witnessed several national figures charged with corruption including the former head of its food and drug administration.

China desperately needs democratic processes at both local and national levels. A local communist official can abuse his power since most people don’t know who might assist them in government. Corruption expands the more democracy is absent from the lives of people.