Using corruption to eliminate corruption seems to me, to be akin to attempting to put out a fire with fuel. This reminds me of a quote, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to eliminate corruption within the Chinese Communist Party.
“The [Communist Party] desperately wants the appearance of cracking down hard on corruption because they understand that rampant corruption is threatening the party’s legitimacy,” says Associated Press reporter Gillian Wong.
In a story published Sunday, Wong uncovers how that crackdown on corruption has led to another problem: abuse and torture of party officials.
“The way [the party] goes about investigating corruption tends to be so opaque — within the party, controlled entirely by the party — that it allows for these types of abuse to occur,” she says.
The investigations are carried out under the government’s secretive detention and disciplinary system called shuanggui.
Shuanggui is an “extra-legal form of detention, in that it operates entirely outside the scrutiny or oversight of police or courts,” Wong explains.
According to her AP report, “Experts estimate at least several thousand people are secretly detained every year for weeks or months under an internal system that is separate from state justice.”
Wong broke the story of a local official named Zhou Wangyen, who says he was tortured by the Communist Party. She first read his account on a Chinese lawyer’s blog, and later convinced him to tell her what happened.