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The Communist Party of China (CPC) has warned that cadres who gamble and those involved in illegal property deals will be the focus of an intensified crackdown on corruption.

A communique released Wednesday from a plenary session of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) also warned against embezzlement and fraud in the management of state-owned enterprises.

In the communique, members vowed to intensify the fight against corruption and continue the building of a "clean" Party.

The three-day seventh plenary session of the CCDI, which ended on Wednesday, reviewed the work of the past year and outlined the anti-corruption and Party building work for 2007.

The communique said in 2006 the CPC made progress in building a clean Party and in fighting against corruption, especially in cracking down on commercial bribery, and detecting and punishing corrupt officials.

The Party should realize that the fight against corruption is a long-term, complicated and arduous task.

Members should take a more resolute attitude and tougher measures, so as to create a favorable political atmosphere for the convention of the 17th National Congress of the CPC this year, said the communique.

The communique said discipline inspection commissions at all levels will enhance their inspection and supervision of major issues which have a direct bearing on people's interests, vigorously promote a truth-seeking and down-to-earth style of work and resolutely oppose bureaucratism and formalism among Party members.

All Party members should be frugal and oppose extravagance and waste. The fight against corruption should be intensified, so that leading cadres at all levels can improve their ability to lead people in the building of a harmonious socialist society, the communique said.

Officials who purchase commercial housing at prices far lower than market prices by taking advantage of the influence of their posts, occupy and use borrowed houses and vehicles but fail to return them, take part in gambling or seek illicit money in activities like gambling, seek illegal profits by using others to invest in the stock market, or seek other forms of illegal earnings for themselves and their family relatives and friends will be seriously dealt with, the communique said.

The Party will stringently crack down on money-for-power favors, illegal loans and exemptions, illegal investments or authorizations of mining projects, the misuse of state-own assets in state-run reorganizations, illegal earnings through misuse of land and unauthorized changes in land planning, and cheating in government public tenders. Laws and regulations about market competitions should be improved, and a long-term mechanism against commercial bribery established, said the communique.

The production of fake or inferior-quality food and drugs will be targeted, as will illegal price rises in agriculture-related products. Production safety will be a priority as well as the fight against illegal pollution discharges by factories, said the communique.

Further efforts will be made to eradicate unreasonable educational fees and to crack down on misdeeds in the medicine trade and medical services, said the communique.

(Xinhua News Agency January 11, 2007)

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