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2,300 govt. party, officials punished in China

July 31, 2013 

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

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said those 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, widely recognized by the leaders as being so widespread to threaten the country's economic stability and causing much outrage among the people.

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

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

Topics: Xi Jinping