Informed Sources: Aug. 30, 1993

Reinventing Government the Chinese Way

Beijing -- Communist Party officials in China are launching a purge of corruption in the government and the military that could prove to be bloody. Wei Jianxing, head of the party disciplinary committee, recently told a closed-door meeting of the party's central committee that corruption has reached epidemic proportions. "In the army some division-level officers drive Mercedes-Benz 500s," says Wei. "Does this luxurious life-style correspond with our proletarian ideals when some 100 million farmers still live in poverty?" It was a rhetorical question. Wei already claims to have a list of 200 offenders who'll be removed...

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