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Corruption top issue for public

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As in recent years, corruption is the No 1 issue among the Chinese public as the annual national legislative sessions prepare to kick off next week.

However, the huge attention generated this year is not due to the worsening corruption, but because of the rising tide of online supervision launched by a politically aware public, experts said.

"Since the public still often discovers corruption around them, anti-corruption remains one of the most popular issues at the legislative sessions. And this year is no exception," Shen Kui, a political law professor at Peking University, told China Daily.

This was underlined by a China News Agency survey of nearly 50,000 readers in which over 75 percent named corruption as the most important issue.

That was immediately followed by income gaps, with votes from 69 percent of the readers.

In a similar survey on Sina.com, corruption also topped the list of concerns.

The rise of public awareness has spurred local officials to respond to the concerns.

Officials in Altay prefecture in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region became the first group of Chinese officials to declare their income to the public.

As part of the anti-corruption campaign, all 1,056 officials said they did not accept any valuable gifts from organizations or individuals related to their work, according to the declarations publicized online.

About 150,000 officials nationwide were punished by both disciplinary and legal institutions last year, government numbers show.

More than 20,000 officials handed over about 160 million yuan ($23.4 million) worth of bribes.

Last year's long list includes Liu Zhihua, the ex-Beijing vice mayor who was sentenced to death, Huang Songyou, the highest court official to be removed from his position, ex-State-run bank official Wang Yi and ex-assistant public security minister Zheng Shaodong.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Corruption top issue for public

About the broadcaster:

Corruption top issue for publicBernice Chan is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Bernice has written for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and most recently worked as a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, producing current affairs shows and documentaries.