A book recently published online exposes the promiscuous habits that result from the culture of corruption among officials in China.
Senior lecturer of law at Zigong Radio and Television University in southeast China and practicing attorney, Yu Changke, compiled the information and made it public. He wanted to attract public attention to the scandalous conduct of Communist Party officials, and “sound an alarm bell” for others.
Among the 94 cases of corrupt officials cited in his report, one had more than 140 mistresses, one had embezzled 230 million yuan (approximately US$34.87 million), and many spend money like water on their mistresses. One man had more than 70 mistresses but was still looking for more in his department. Another would gather his 24 mistresses together every year and elect a “Beauty of the Year” with whom he was most satisfied.
In a telephone interview with The Epoch Times Yu said that corruption is quite common among Chinese officials. In the cases he handled, many corrupt and promiscuous deeds were done by local officials, but they could not be publicized because it would embarrass the Party.
“It is a complex social problem involving many factors,” Yu said, attempting to explain what lies beneath the massive graft and other disreputable behavior that CCP apparatchiks engage in. “But mainly it’s a problem within the system.”
Yu’s study shows how corruption is present at all levels of the Party, from central officials to local bosses, all fighting for more of their own turf. When they held office they would say they were incorruptible, but when their deeds were exposed it was not a pretty sight.
According to information from the Chinese communist regime’s Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), instances of violating the law and discipline are about 150,000 to 160,000 every year. According to CDIC data in December 2008, “Between November 2007 to November 2008, there were 151,000 cadres punished by the discipline inspection and supervision organs, including 4,960 cadres above the county level.”
However, the public believes the numbers of corrupt CCP officials far exceed those numbers. Those who were actually punished are only a tiny portion.
Wen Tiejun, Dean of the College of the Agriculture and Rural Development in Renmin University of China, revealed in 2005 that approximately 90 percent of the CCP officials’ spending exceeded their income. The more power the officials hold, the more serious the problem is, and this includes officials from the regime’s own discipline department.
One Chinese commentator, Li Jianmang, said in his blog that “A committee member of the 16th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CCP, Kang Rixin, was found to have hidden 70 million Euros (approximately US$94.7 million) in his home.”