Sex, Power, Money & Law

Amid a slew of reports about the anti-corruption crackdown, including the expulsion from the Party of a former Beijing district head Zhou Liangluo for corruption, are a couple about new law worth notice. First, a People’s Daily report about changes to bring China’s and international anti-corruption law more in line to make extradition proceedings easier for Beijing. That contains the nugget that some 800 Chinese officials have fled abroad who are wanted by authorities for having collectively embezzled 70 billion yuan ($9.2 billion). Second, a piece in Caijing Magazine about the expansion of the definition of a corrupt official to include a mistress. “A model of bribery ‘with Chinese characteristics’ is surfacing in which officials use their power to obtain mistresses, and then give in to bribery with help from or to maintain relationships with mistresses”, the magazine writes.

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