Quotes from Chinese Officials Caught for Bribery

February 16, 2012 Updated: March 2, 2012

Bribing is unavoidable and a reality of daily life in China nowadays, according to Chinese communist officials who were unlucky enough to get caught.

The following are quotes collected by New Tang Dynasty TV, an independent Chinese broadcaster based in New York.

“If I refuse other people’s goodwill [bribes], I will be considered a black sheep in the crowd and mentally ill,” said Yu Zhiping, the former deputy mayor of Meishan City, Sichuan Province, who was removed from his post in 2009 and placed under investigation for accepting bribes. He was sentenced to jail in August 2010.

“I committed the crime [of taking bribes] because the social morality is not good. I got caught, it’s my bad luck,” Li Guowei, the former bureau director of Highway Administration of Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province, said.

“Usually an official cannot afford to bribe his upper level officials with his own income. He would first have to take bribes from other people, and use these to build better connections with the upper levels, so that he can maintain his official title,” Yang Guoyou, the former County Mayor of Jianwei County, Sichuan Province explained during questioning.

Xu Jing, a former lab director at Beijing Industrial University, used money derived from bribes to pay for his daughter’s tuition at a foreign university.

“I think it’s also a way to train and provide talented people for our country,” Xu said after getting caught.

Commenting on such confessions, a mainland Chinese Internet user wrote: “Without effective supervision and restraint, power inevitably leads to corruption. The root of this problem is the system.”

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