Xi Jinping vows 'power within cage of regulations'

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), addresses a plenary meeting of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 22, 2013. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), vowed to unswervingly fight against corruption and keep power reined within the cage of regulations.

During a CPC disciplinary watchdog meeting on Tuesday, as Xi ordered enhanced restraint and supervision on the use of power, he said, "Power should be restricted by the cage of regulations."

A disciplinary, prevention and guarantee mechanism should be set up to ensure that people do not dare to, are not able to and can not easily commit corruption, Xi said.

Xi asked for efforts to strengthen national anti-corruption legislation and relevant intra-Party regulations to ensure national organs exercise their power within the boundary of laws.

Xi made the remarks during a speech at a plenary meeting of the CPC's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

Xi said "the mainstream of our cadres and Party members is good. But we should soberly recognize that corruption is still prone to occur or happen quite frequently in certain areas."

He added that some major law violation cases have had a negative impact and the anti-corruption situation is still severe.

He stressed that the fight against corruption is a long-term, complicated and arduous task. Anti-corruption efforts must be consistent and will never slacken.

"We must have the resolve to fight every corrupt phenomenon, punish every corrupt official and constantly eliminate the soil which breeds corruption, so as to earn people's trust with actual results," he said.

Xi also stressed in his speech to fight corruption in a comprehensive way, address both its symptoms and root cause and combine punishment with prevention, with the emphasis on prevention.

He urged those who attended the meeting to unswervingly push forward the building of clean governance and the anti-corruption war.

"We must not relax the use of penalties if we want to rule Party members strictly," he said.

Xi said the Party should crack down on "tigers" and "flies" at the same time by dealing with illegal activities of officials on the one hand and tackling malpractices and corruption cases, which closely impact the people, on the other.

"No exception will be made when it comes to Party disciplines and law," Xi said. "Cases will be investigated completely and no leniency will be meted out no matter who is involved."

He continued, "Party cadres at various levels should keep in mind that no one can enjoy absolute power outside of the law."

Anyone who exercises power should serve the people, be accountable to the people and consciously accept supervision by the people, Xi said.

The general secretary called for efforts to enhance supervision of chief leaders, earnestly implement democratic centralism, and improve the mechanism of publicizing governing activities so as to ensure high-ranking officials do not abuse their powers for personal gain.

A fight against privilege should be waged in combating corruption and building a clean government, Xi said.

He urged the Party to adopt effective measures to curb privilege among its members as it is crucial for the Party to keep its vitality.

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