採訪/劉惠 編輯/許旻 後製/肖顏
Another 20 Years to Wait for China’s Officials Asset Declaration
An asset declaration system for Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) officials has been the focus of heated discussion.
On December 29, overseas media reported that
seven incumbent CCP Politburo Standing Committee
members have declared their assets.
Strong oppositions have been rumored by former
CCP Politburo Standing Committee members.
What the CCP’s next step is, has yet to be finalized.
Early on, CCP official media alleged the need
to wait another 20 years to make the officials asset declaration system a reality.
The regime’s anti-corruption drive now
seems to be empty talk once again.
Popular discontent over CCP officialdom corruption has
intensified, seeing a surge of mass protests nationwide.
The new CCP leader Xi Jinping has emphasized
the need to strengthen works on anti-corruption.
Xi’s remarks have made Chinese civilians pin hopes on
the regime to set up an officials asset declaration system.
Gong Shengli, chief researcher of the “China
Realities Insight” periodical in Beijing, commented.
Currently, global democratic countries have all set
up asset declaration systems for public officials.
In addition, the CCP regime’s legitimacy
is widely questioned by the Chinese public.
In this context, an initiative for official’s asset declaration
system may be a solution to alleviate current conflicts.
Gong Shengli: “Setting up officials asset declaration
system equals creating achievements for Xi’s “New Deal”.
Otherwise, he cannot carry out an anti-corruption drive.”
However, neither insiders nor political observers believe that
a CCP official asset declaration system can really come true.
This November, Wang Qishan, Party chief of CCP
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection,
claimed difficulties in implementing the system.
On December 29, overseas media reported that
former members of CCP Politburo Standing
Committee strongly opposed asset declarations.
The objectors even vowed that the seven
incumbent CCP top Politburo members would be embarrassed if they declared assets.
The seven may risk exposing their hidden assets and
of ending up with being removed, said the news report.
On December 26, Bloomberg’s lengthy report
disclosed wealth possessed by eight CCP retired
veterans, as well as their relatives and children.
Families of Wang Zhen, Deng Xiaoping and of Chen Yun
have controlled state-owned enterprises worth
US$1.6 trillion, over 20% of China’s annual economic output.
The sensational coverage has been widely
reproduced by the world’s major media.
A Chinese netizen mocked that once the Eight Big
Families finish their property transfer, it’ll be easy
to implement officials asset declaration in China.
Wang Beiji (Critic): “Their assets are placed
in a very secretive and complex way.
Inside the CCP system, a system of sharing
interests and powers has already been formed.
So, officials asset declaration is pointless in reality.
Without a media watchdog, CCP official asset declaration
is unreliable, but is a show staged for overseas media.”
On December 27, CCP official media China
Youth Daily said that it takes at least 20 years
before officials asset declaration comes true.
Thus, a lot of Chinese netizens questioned
the sincerity of the CCP anti-corruption.
Reportedly, a law on official asset declaration entered a
legislative process in 1994, which is still pending today.
On December 28, a draft legislation on real-name
registration for China’s netzens was approved.
It was made within 10 days after the CCP official media
commentary called “The Internet is Not Outside the Law”.
Critic Tang Baiqiao expects that 99% of CCP officials
oppose the officials asset declaration system in reality.
If CCP officials really declare their assets,
the figure would surely be phony, he says.
Critic Tang Baiqiao: “A majority
of CCP officials owns illegal assets.
Anyone of them will risk facing legal punishment
if he dares to declare his assets.
So the touting of asset declaration is just playing
a word game. I believe that they won’t really do it.”
In April 2012, a graduate student of Shanghai Jiaotong
University petitioned the chiefs of 53 CCP central departments,
to make public their annual incomes in 2011.
Yet no one has made it so far.
On April 1, over 10 citizens in Guangzhou publicly requested
that Hu Jintao and other CCP officials declare their assets.
These people were thus besieged and investigated by police.
Some of them are still missing, their whereabouts unknown.
Media reported that the public think that a thorough
investigation needs to be conducted on CCP officials.
Otherwise, the exact figure of their real estates, overseas
bank deposits and mistresses will never be known.