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Chairman Xi’s War Against Corruption: Can He Win?

Thursday 11th June 2015 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Upon ascending to General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in November 2012, Xi Jinping launched an unprecedented attack on governmental corruption in the country.

Branding corruption a threat to the very survival of the CPC, Xi vowed to target all of its practitioners, both senior ‘tigers’ and low-level ‘flies’ alike. As direct overseer of the crackdown that has caught hundreds of thousands of officials, including over 100 top state executives, to date, Xi’s term in office has been characterised by this war.

China has long grappled with the scourge of corruption, which has only increased since a series of economic reforms in the late 1970s. Ranked 100th in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index for 2014, the People’s Republic recognises the seriousness of this threat to its economic growth and popular support. Politically, corrupt local governments have provoked mass demonstrations and undermined Party legitimacy. Economically, reforms needed to address slowing growth have been delayed by the self-interest and consequent disobedience of a multitude of officials. Intent on turning the tide, Xi’s campaign has fiercely and visibly tackled the prevailing culture of impunity.

But with corruption chief Wang Qishan himself likening the campaign’s difficulty to a doctor operating on himself, questions abound about the effectiveness of its measures. Can they work? Is corruption in China so structurally embedded that it can’t be eradicated without destroying the system itself?

To present on these issues, the AIIAV is delighted to welcome Mr John Garnaut.

John Garnaut is the Asia Pacific editor at Fairfax Media, where he has broken numerous stories on corruption and elite politics. Most recently he was China correspondent. John graduated in law and arts from Monash University and worked for three years as a commercial lawyer at Melbourne firm Hall & Wilcox before joining the Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet in 2002. He became the Economics Correspondent in the Canberra press gallery and in 2007 was posted to Beijing. John has also authored the book ‘The Rise and Fall of the House of Bo: How a Murder Exposed the Cracks in China’s Leadership’.

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Thursday 11th June 2015 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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