Corruption is crushed in China, which helps explain its ongoing socio-economic success. The West is a lost-cause sewer. Part 2. China Rising Radio Sinoland 240626





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30 headlines show that Baba Beijing is destroying corruption and fraud at every level, even Xi Jinping’s confidantes! China Rising Radio Sinoland 240319


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If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame.

If they be led by virtue, and uniformity to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have the sense of shame, and moreover will become good. Confucius: Analects, 1:3:1,2


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Good morning. This is Jeff J. Brown China Rising Radio Sinoland Seek Truth from Facts and China Writers Group. Earlier I did a well-received piece on corruption in China and how the government is really tackling it and trying to eliminate this blight on its governance on the economy and on the people. And it did very, very well. I started collecting all the headlines of ongoing fights against corruption in China. And I’ve already got like 20 or 30. So I’ve had to split the list in half. So, I’m going to make the first half of the list.

After the first list I think, I had 20-something cases of fighting high-level corruption. But I’d like to take a step back and remind people that the West is not like the East and the East is not like the West. West for 3000 years since the Greeks have, although we have this infatuation with the idea that we have democracy, well, we only had direct democracy for about 150 years in ancient Greece on and off. And even that was only in a very few of the city-states, the islands of Greece, and in the Peloponnese on the continent.

For the most part, the West was tyrannical, autocratic, aristocratic, totalitarian, and even violent, anarchic, anarchy. It just would always go through a cycle of totalitarianism, aristocracy, plutocracy, autocracy then it would eventually collapse into anarchy and then back to maybe a little bit of direct democracy. Of course, representative democracy, and Republican democracy. And it would fall back into totalitarianism and plutocracy. But again, even the Republican democracy did not last long.

And, of course, all of this, because of this, the nature of Western governance corruption is endemic in the system. When you have a top-down form of governance and even Republican democracy where people representing you supposedly in the halls of power, very quickly become corrupt. People don’t realize that the Senate, the Roman Senate, the famed Roman Senate was a snake pit, a canker sore, a running pustule of gang and family gangs fighting against each other for resources and riches very, very corrupt.

In fact, the modern-day mafia that ended up developing in Italy are the vestiges of ancient Rome’s Senate because they went from rich. And then when the Roman Empire collapsed, the clans and the gangs and the clique’s state, of course, stayed there and got poorer and poorer. And over the centuries, we ended up with the Italian mafia. This is not the case in the East, in China, because China has Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Of course, China has had a lot of corruption over the last 5000 years, but the expectation is different.

In the West, corruption is absolutely impregnated in our DNA. We get inured to it, we expect it, we tolerate it, and then we just accept it. It’s just a part of our culture. You mention Washington, you mention London, you mention Paris, you mention Brussels, you mention state governments, and local governments, and immediately you think of corruption. That’s not the case in China. The expectation, the ideal is there. And I will read something that I will include in the article.

This is from Confucius. And I quote,

If the people be led by laws and uniformity, sought to be given them by punishments. In other words, if you punish the people, they will try to avoid the punishment but have no sense of shame.

 If they are led by virtue and uniformity to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have a sense of shame and moreover will become good. [Confucius Analects 1.3, 1.2].

And so, like chapters and verses. So, the whole idea in the East, in Chinese Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism is the leaders have to set an example.

The leaders have to be the trendsetters. The leaders have to show good governance, honesty, caring, and providing for the public. If they are good and do all of that, if they apply the golden rule, do not do unto others what you do not want to be done to you, which is one of the Confucian Analects, then the people will respond. And I think that’s one of the reasons our government officials and our government system are so freaking corrupt, which is why we have a lot of corruption and criminality in the West over the last 3000 years. Yes, there’s been some periods when it’s been better but it is endemic in Western culture and civilization.

And it is a constant problem in China. When Mao Zedong and the Communists took over in 1949, Mao Zedong and the Communist Party had six. This is the symbol for six in Chinese. They had six anti-corruption campaigns starting in 1949 up until 1966. They all failed. And the people were pissed. The people were pissed. They wanted good, clean government, and they wanted all of their efforts to go toward making sure the communist socialist revolution was a success. That is why Mao and the Communist Party called for the Cultural Revolution.

Of course, the cultural part is because of the need for the 85% of the people at that time were peasants, rural people, and they were not getting a fair education. All the city people and the elites were getting a good education. And the people out in the countryside were not and hadn’t been for 5000 years. And so that’s why they called it the Cultural Revolution, which of course, during the Cultural Revolution, you think it was bad it was actually very good for China because tens of thousands of schools, primary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges were built and millions and millions of people who had never had a chance to get a decent education before got educated.

But the other thing, so there was education that was solved, and then there was corruption. And so, Mao said, okay, we at the high level, at the party level, at the governance level, we have tried six times to eliminate corruption, we have failed. The people want results now. They’ve had it. So, we are going to put the anti-corruption fight in their hands. And that’s exactly what they did. And so, at the local level, the people cleaned house. It was the largest direct democracy and the longest-running direct democracy in human history, the Cultural Revolution.

At that time, a billion people were rooting corruption out tooth and nail while providing education to 850 million of the peasants who had never been educated properly before. And it worked. And by the end of 1976, ten years later, the economy was doing wonderfully and there literally was no corruption. They got rid of it not only in local governments but at the national government level and also in the army, in the People’s Liberation Army. Of course, after 1976 when Mao died, the Communist socialist system that had been set up was torn down during the Deng Xiaoping era starting in 1978, but seriously in 1980.

And corruption came back. It was horrible and worse than ever because of adopting Western capitalist capitalism at the street level it was a jungle. That was one of the three main reasons that the people protested that precipitated the Tiananmen protests in 1989. One of them was inflation, double-digit inflation, which reached 25 to 30% a year. There was no inflation during the Mao era. The other one was nepotism and corruption.

The other one was supply chain problems because they had switched from organized, centralized planning and just turned much of the economy to the dogs, there were huge bottlenecks and shortages. So those were the three reasons. But corruption was a big one. When we were living there in China from 1990 to 1997 right after Tiananmen Square when my wife and I moved there and lived there for and worked there for seven years and had our two kids there. Corruption was still a huge problem.

After Mao, the problem was that Dung and then Jiang Zemin and then Hu Jintao would have an anti-corruption campaign for six months a year then they would not continue it. And so of course, the corruption was only it was like a pinprick trying to control the corruption. Well, in 2012, XI Jinping became General Secretary of the Communist Party and President and he was elected president in 2013. And he realized that the country, the party, and the people would not survive if they did not get rid of corruption.

So, XI promised that was part of the Chinese dream. You’ve heard of the Chinese Dream? A big part of the Chinese dream is to root out corruption at every level. So, XI started and set up a huge commission to root out corruption. But instead of doing it for six months or a year and taking their foot off the gas, the government has just kept the pedal to the metal. I mean, just they have not stopped. They are just literally going after high-level leaders. It’s just unbelievable. Medium-level leaders, low-level leaders, government officials, private sector, going after companies.

That’s what the whole social credit system is about to go after these bad guys especially corporations and corrupt government officials expose them, shame them and if they don’t want to be reeducated and be given a second chance, of course, if they committed a big enough crime, they don’t get a second chance. But for the millions that have been caught that was a low level, they’re getting fined. They may be kicked out of the party, their company may be punished because of what they did but no jail time, etc.

As the as the corruption gets higher, you can be fined a lot of money. You can also be deposed as the CEO of a corporation by the Chinese government. Baba Beijing will say you’re out of there, bud. Replace the board of directors and get a new CEO that will work honestly. And this has been going on since 2013 in the last 11 years. And they pick sectors. And so, they’ve gone after the real estate sector and now they’re going after the medical and health sector. And they are just literally tearing pardon my French.

But as we said as I was growing up on the farm in Oklahoma, Baba Beijing is tearing corrupt people. They’ve got new assholes. They are getting new assholes ripped for what they are doing. So, I’m just going to leave this talk at this. The list is here in this article down below. And the first one I did, I read out all the stuff, but you just read it. It’s just unbelievable who they’re going after. Ministers and vice ministers and the heads of state-owned corporations and private corporations.

And it’s withering and what shocks me is that these people know that Baba Beijing is coming after him but people are greedy. People are vainglorious and this is in a country, China, that has the Chinese constitution, the constitution of the Communist Party, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism and they’re still rooting out lots and lots of corruption. But because of that, and because millions of people have been punished, millions of people have been taken away from their ability to be corrupt.

That’s one of the reasons that the country is doing so well now, and that’s one of the reasons that China was able to do so well for the last 5000 years is that even though, of course, there was a lot of corruption in the past, just like everywhere else, the ideal, the expectation was not to be corrupt, there should not be any corruption and people were punished and paid the price for being corrupt in the past before the communists took over in 1949. So, it puts some brakes on the corruption in the country which is why China has always had other than during the century of humiliation from 1839 to 1949 when the West got their hooks and their opium, morphine, and heroin hooks into China with the Opium Wars.

Other than that, 100-year period, China has always had the biggest, fastest, best economy, and most productive economy in human history. And a lot of that is due to the fact that, yes, there was corruption, but a lot less than in the West because of this ideal, the huge weight of thousands of years of philosophy and expectation by the people and expectation by the government to not be corrupt. This is Jeff J. Brown China Rising Radio Sinoland Seeks Truth From Facts and China writers’ group. Bye-bye.



1. Officials in China’s Guizhou face corruption investigation weeks after launch of probe into arrest of businesswoman

  • The two officials have ties to state-run resort alleged to owe millions in back payments for building projects
  • Province is looking into detention of construction firm’s owner, accused of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ after refusing settlement offer

2. China starts international manhunt with belt and road corruption in its sights

  • Directive by top anti-graft watchdog follows vow that Beijing is committed to a ‘clean Silk Road’
  • Police will work with central bank under ‘Operation Skynet’ to crack down on underground banks and offshore companies transferring illicit assets

3. Spouses of 140 officials in Central China’s Hunan receive anti-corruption education

4. China’s former justice minister Tang Yijun facing corruption probe, top anti-graft agency says

  • Tang ‘suspected of serious violations of discipline and law’, anti-graft watchdog says
  • He was removed as justice minister last year, a month before he was transferred to a political advisory role in Jiangxi province

5. Tigers and Flies- How two years of graft probes have shaken China’s political elite

6. China’s stock market: Beijing issues unprecedented guidelines calling for transparency, risk-management

8. China’s ex-Tibet propaganda chief charged with bribery

  • Dong Yunhu, who was once responsible for spreading China’s official position on human rights, is accused of corruption stretching back to 1999
  • Dong, who went on to become head of Shanghai’s legislature, was placed under investigation last year and indicted in Anhui province on Wednesday

9. China investigates chairman of Shanghai news portal The Paper for alleged corruption

  • Cheng Feng is accused of ‘suspected violations of discipline and law’, Shanghai graft watchdog says, using usual euphemism for corruption
  • Announcement comes less than a day after similar probe ordered into Shanghai’s top lawmaker Dong Yunhu by central Communist Party watchdog

10. Liu Liange, former Party chief and chairman of Bank of China, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes totaling 121 million yuan ($16.7 million) and illegally issuing loans amounting to 3.32 billion yuan

11. ByteDance details dozens of internal misconduct cases from bribery and data leaks to using company funds for personal expenses

  • The cases involve improper behaviour by employees, such as accepting kickbacks and leaking information to business competitors
  • Other cases, which span multiple departments from Douyin to e-commerce and CapCut, include theft and conflict of interest

12. China mulls intensifying statistical supervision through law amendment


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