Nearly 2,300 party, government officials punished in China

July 31, 2013 at 12:28 AM

BEIJING, July 31 (UPI) -- Nearly 2,300 Communist Party and government officials were punished as of June in a crackdown on corruption, China's top anti-graft agency said.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said the officials punished had broken rules against extravagance and excess formality, China Daily reported Wednesday.

China's new leadership led by President Xi Jinping has vowed to severely crack down on official corruption, recognized by the leaders as being so widespread it threatens the country's economic stability and causes much outrage among the people.

The report did not detail the punishment given to the accused officials, but the discipline commission described eight typical cases in which people were accused of misappropriating public funds for entertainment purposes or illegally accepting cash and gifts.

The commission's guidelines include reducing traffic controls imposed for officials' convenience, banning red-carpet arrangements and resisting extravagant and bureaucratic visits and meetings, the report said.

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