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Don’t rely on Chinese methods to “fix corruption” in India

The ridiculous idea that hanging the "corrupt" (as they do in China) can reduce corruption has been fully exposed in an article that shows the DEEP levels of corruption in semi-socialist China – and how their methods end up PUNISHING THE HONEST.

The government of China has become a BLATANT EXTORTIONIST, using its might to imprison a totally innocent, hard working industrialist

Let me cite a few extracts from this article on this miserable case of corruption in China. I do so with the hope that Indians who are enamoured of the idea that corruption can be stopped by "punishing" the corrupt will learn two key lessons:

a) When the WHOLE system is corrupt, the HONEST will be punished (AS IS THE CASE IN INDIA), not the corrupt

b) Even if someone who is corrupt actually gets punished, it is not going to reduce corruption EVEN SLIGHTLY – since the underlying causes of corruption remain untouched. The solutions to corruption are different, but I won't repeat them here.

Now, listen to this:

Communist Party's feared and ultra-secretive internal discipline commission swept down through Guangdong province and carried out what was probably the most aggressive anti-corruption blitz in modern Chinese history. Of all China's murky channels of Chinese justice – as every Chinese cadre knows – few are more arbitrary, more secretive and more unpredictable than when the Communist Party decides to go after its own.

There are very few accounts of what takes place in these sustained internal Party interrogations known as shuanggui, except that they take place outside the purview of any law. Scholar Flora Sapio says the extra-judicial interrogations are designed to extract confessions because investigators ''lack the human and financial resources'' to gather evidence in a more professional way.

Usually, shuanggui is designed to avoid open court trials so as to control the public flow of information.

''Corruption is universal but you can only target some examples so that the others can be warned,'' the official said.

''In China you know everyone has some connection with corruption, so if you detain one person and investigate you will certainly find some wrongdoing.''

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