China Communist party punished nearly 300,000 for graft in 2015

BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party punished nearly 300,000 of its members last year for corruption, its graft watchdog said amid a wide-ranging crackdown by President Xi Jinping on official malfeasance.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on its website that 200,000 cadres were given “light punishment” for graft, while 82,000 received “heavy punishment”.

It did not specify the difference between the penalties involved, but both categories could see individuals transferred from their positions.

The graft watchdog also sent out 54,000 letters reprimanding officials, the CCDI said in its statement. AFP