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Speech by the Head of the Chinese Delegation at the 4th Assembly of the Parties to the IACA
H.E. Xiaohong Li, Director of the Central Office in Charge of Discipline Inspection Tours, CPC
2015/12/11

Vienna,9th December,2015

H.E. Xiaohong Li, Director of the Central Office

in Charge of Discipline Inspection Tours, CPC

My great pleasure to attend the fourth session of the Assembly of Parties to the International Anti-Corruption Academy. On behalf of the Chinese delegation, I would like to extend warm congratulations on the convening of the meeting and warm welcome to parties joining IACA since last session.

I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to introduce efforts and progress China has made in fighting corruption.

The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government pay high attention to achieving social fairness and justice, safeguarding the dignity of law, and advancing the law-based governance of China, for they are major political issues. Our tolerance for corruption is zero. We have made continuous advances in the building of Party style and clean governance, and in the anti-corruption campaign. Tangible progress and results have been accomplished. China's on-going anti-corruption campaign has won the support and trust from citizens.

Firstly, zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption. President Xi Jinping has put forward the Four Pronged Comprehensive Strategy to finish building a moderately prosperous society, deepen reform, advance the law-based governance of China, and strengthen Party self-discipline, among which strengthening Party self-discipline is the fundamental guarantee for all work to run smoothly. Governing the Party well is necessary for smoothly managing state affairs, and to do this, we must be strict with the Party members. Profoundly realizing the long-term, complicated and arduous nature of anti-corruption campaign, President Xi Jinping has repeatedly underscored unwavering determination to press ahead with the task until the final victory is won. "We must punish any official who violates thee law and party discipline with due severity. " Many Chinese people are now familiar with this sentence.

We continuously fight any corrupt behavior and eliminate any corrupt official. Cases will be investigated completely, and no leniency will be granted to those found guilty, no matter who is involved. Since the CPC's 18t National Congress, be they high-ranking tigers or low-ranking flies, those found guilty haven been punished and prosecuted for embezzlement, bribery, transactions of government official positions, bending the law for the benefits of relatives or friends, moral degeneration, and dereliction of duty in the organs of power, and also cases in key areas, crucial links and those have affected the life of residents. Even former high-ranking officials such as Zhong Yongkang, Xu Caihou, Ling Jihua, and Su Rong were investigated, demonstrating that there is no forbidden zone in the fight against corruption. Citizens have witnessed the firm determination of the Party and the government from these actions and results.

Secondly, strengthen party self-discipline. The Communist Party of China has a total of 87 million members, so the governance of party members plays a decisive role in the fight against corruption. The building of party discipline should be given greater prominence, and party discipline must be observed in an even stricter manner than the national law. In addition to the national law, party members should also abide by the party discipline. The Rules for Self-Discipline of the CPC and the Rules of Disciplinary Punishments of the CPC are of vital importance to strengthening the building of Party style and clean governance.

Thirdly, hold high the sword of discipline inspection. We have earnestly implemented supervision systems within the party to exercise power in the cage of regulations. We have promulgated and implemented the Rules for Discipline Inspection Tours of the CPC to expand inspection strength, and pick up inspection pace, mainly for finding problems in the fields of corruption, style of work, party discipline and personnel selection and appointment. The inspection tour should be a vanguard to uncover problems, and a sharp sword to punish corruption officials. By so doing, the inspection tour will have a deterrent effect. So far, disciplinary inspection groups dispatched by the CPC have checked 149 regions and institutions, with coverage of all central enterprises with remarkable achievements.

China highly values and actively promotes international cooperation in anti-corruption.

Firstly, actively promote practical cooperation in the fight against corruption. As a member of United Nations Convention Against Corruption, China is earnestly fulfilling the UNCAC obligations, actively participating in convention implementation and review, and vigorously boosting international cooperation in law enforcement and judicial matters under the UNCAC. China works with IACA, Interpol, World Bank, OECD and others to maintain connections and facilitate cooperation. The Ministry of Supervision of China engages in friendly exchanges with supervision and anti-corruption institutions from 89 countries and regions, and has established anti-corruption cooperation mechanism in law enforcement with the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries.

Secondly, all-out efforts in fugitive repatriation and asset recovery. China is working hard to track down and detain corrupt fugitives to make it absolutely impossible for corrupt officials to be at large overseas. This year, we launched Operation Sky Net, which is aimed at apprehending corrupt officials who have fled overseas, reinforcing measures to capture corrupt officials who have escaped to other countries. So far, more than 700 fugitives have been repatriated from 68 countries and regions in Operation Sky Net. The operation has drawn international attention and assistance. Here, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude for the help and support from these countries and regions.

The Chinese delegation hopes to put forward three propositions here on intensifying international cooperation in fugitive repatriation and asset recovery.

Firstly, stepping up cooperation in international repatriation and asset recovery meets the common interests of the international community, and also reasonable demands recognized by the international community. All countries should promise not to provide safe havens for corrupt officials. In practice, differences in legal systems, weak intentions and other matters stand in the way of the international cooperation. We hope that all countries continue to uphold the positive and pragmatic attitude of cooperation, improve mutual trust, and advance law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the fight against corruption.

Secondly, the UNCAC regulated extradition, judicial assistance, law enforcement cooperation, asset recovery and other systems, providing solid legal foundation for all countries and regions in expanding practical cooperation. China appreciates the work that APEC, G20 and other anti-corruption working groups have achieved. We hope that we can further strengthen cooperation under frameworks of the UN, APEC, and G20, transforming our political willingness and legal basis into concrete plans and actions.

Thirdly, fugitive repatriation and asset recovery involves diplomatic affairs, judicial matters, police work, anti-money laundering and other areas. Due to major differences in legal system and judicial procedures of countries, inefficiency and poor cooperation are likely to happen. Therefore, we should build mutual respect, seek common points while reserving differences. As long as we treat each other with all sincerity and build mutually beneficial relations, we can find the greatest common factor to solve problems.

Currently, there is an increasingly urgent demand for advancing capacity building in anti-corruption, countries have great expectations for consolidating international cooperation in anti-corruption. China attaches great importance to the significant role that the IACA has made in promoting international fight against corruption. China will continue to support and participate in the work organized by the IACA, implement our responsibilities and obligations, make positive contributions to IACA's development. We would like to put forward three propositions on IACA's work in 2016:

Firstly, positively implement anti-corruption objectives in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In September, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit formulated 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, integrating the economic, social, environmental and cultural dimensions. Contents related to anti-corruption include "strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime", "substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms". We suggest that IACA make full use of academic advantages for implementing 2030 sustainable objectives, and provide intellectual support for all parties. China is willing to work with IACA to hold a workshop on the subject of anti-corruption and 2030 sustainable development.

Secondly, pay attention to the demand for technical assistance after the first cycle of implementation review of UNCAC. In November, the sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC summarized good results from the first cycle, and challenges, difficulties and demand for technical demand of all countries in implementing the UNCAC. International fugitive repatriation and asset recovery is a hot issue for international cooperation in the fight against corruption. IACA should positively respond to the concerns and priority areas, give support and assistance. For example, conduct research and training in the area of fugitive repatriation and asset recovery, exchange views on how to make use of international legal documents such as UNCAC, for promoting effective judicial and law enforcement cooperation.

Thirdly, listen to advice from all parties on the governance of IACA. We hope that IACA continues to uphold the principles of embracing inclusiveness and harmony in diversity. When it comes to the development planning of IACA and decision-making on major issues, IACA should fully listen to opinions from all sides, with particular attention to the voice of developing countries, and full consideration to their concerns to ensure interests of all parties.

Ladies and gentlemen,

China stands ready to share anti-corruption experience with all parties, and make concerted efforts to curb corruption to build a clean future of integrity.

Finally, I wish this meeting a complete success.

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