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China, Meng Jianzhu

  Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Fifth IAACA Seminar

  Meng Jianzhu

  Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the CPC Central Committee

  23 June 2013

  Distinguished Guests,

  Ladies and Gentlemen,

  Today, the Fifth IAACA Seminar is opened in Jinan, a renowned historical and cultural city in China. Here, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, I extend my warmest congratulations on the opening of the meeting and sincere welcome to the Prosecutor Generals, Ministers of Justice, Ministers of Supervision and Heads of Anti-Corruption Authorities from various countries and regions and representatives of international organizations, experts and academics and all delegates present today.

  Corruption is a cancer across human society, posing serious harm to political civilization and sustainable development. To combat corruption and promote political integrity is a major political issue of common concern to the people of all countries and a challenge facing all humanity. In the consistent battle against corruption, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have blazed a Chinese-style path of fighting corruption and promoting integrity. The 18th National Congress of the CPC held last November systemically took stock of the successful experience of China in building clean government and fighting corruption and solemnly set out the major task of promoting political integrity. Since the 18th Party Congress, the CPC and the Chinese government have made a host of new deployments, ushering in a new chapter in the efforts to combat corruption and promote integrity. We are deeply aware that the battle against corruption is long and arduous, thus we stress that we must make unremitting efforts to combat corruption and promote integrity and stay vigilant against degeneration. We will persist in combating corruption in an integrated way, addressing both its symptoms and root causes, and combining punishment and prevention, with emphasis on the latter. We will advance in an all-around way the establishment of a system of combating corruption through both punishment and prevention and see to it that officials are honest, the government is clean, and political integrity is upheld. We attach great importance to eradicating the soil for corruption and stress the need for putting power within the constraint of institutions. We will deepen reform of key areas and crucial links, improve anti-corruption laws and institutions, and prevent and fight corruption more effectively and in a more scientific way. We insist that we will fight and eliminate corruption whenever and wherever it occurs, no matter it is small as a fly or big as a tiger. We will maintain a tough position in cracking down on corruption at all times and win public trust through real deliverables. We place more value on the important role of justice in combating corruption and promoting integrity. We stress the need to fight corruption with a rule-of-law mentality and approach and to support judicial bodies in fulfilling, in accordance with law, the function of investigating into and preventing official crimes to ensure that state powers operate on the track of the rule of law. Those important theories, ideas and institutional measures are in line with China's national conditions and the realities of China's efforts to fight corruption and promote integrity and have thus gained the endorsement and support of the people. We firmly believe that with consistent and resolute implementation efforts, we will make further progress on the Chinese-style path of fighting corruption and promoting integrity.

  Ladies and Gentlemen,

  Against the backdrop of economic globalization and regional economic integration, corruption-related crimes have become increasingly organized and trans-regional. To strengthen international anti-corruption cooperation is an inevitable choice of the international community and also a common aspiration of the people of all countries in the world. The Chinese government highly values international anti-corruption cooperation and has continuously increased anti-corruption exchanges and cooperation with various countries and regions and relevant international organizations. We have actively undertaken responsibilities and earnestly performed our duties. China has become an important anti-corruption force in the international community. The 18th CPC National Congress underlined the importance of strengthened international cooperation against corruption. In the future, we will continue to work in the spirit of respecting sovereignty, seeking common ground while shelving differences, equality, mutual benefit and efficiency to deepen our practical cooperation with various countries and regions and relevant international organization in fighting corruption. We will also continue to earnestly implement the UNCAC and support the work of IAACA to make our due contribution to the international cause of combating corruption.

  Ladies and Gentlemen,

  At present, the progress of the battle against corruption is far from balanced, because countries and regions differ in economic development level, political and legal system and historical and cultural background and also in the legislative, investigative, prosecutorial and punitive measures to punish and prevent corruption-related crimes. That directly affects the result of international anti-corruption cooperation. To this end, the sixth chapter of the UNCAC has specific provisions that all states parties shall promote technical assistance and strengthen information exchange. The Sixth IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting held last October specially discussed this topic and reached wide consensus. This meeting again will have in-depth discussions on the theme of “technical assistance and information exchange”, which will play a positive and constructive role in strengthening regional and global technical and information cooperation in the fight against corruption and helping countries and regions more effectively punish and prevent corruption. Hereby, I have three suggestions to make:

  First, we need to implement and improve technical assistance measures and promote the common development of anti-corruption efforts of all countries. Technical assistance is an important means of furthering the balanced development of the international combat against corruption and also serves as crucial groundwork for facilitating international cooperation in extradition, judicial assistance and other fields. The states parties to the UNCAC shall actively undertake international responsibilities, establish and improve working mechanisms for technical assistance and work hard to provide the widest measure of technical assistance in their respective plans and programs to combat corruption. It is particularly important to further increase technical assistance and technology transfer for the anti-corruption endeavors of developing countries and economies in transition, intensify financial and material assistance as much as possible, provide more training programs and modern equipment, help improve anti-corruption strategies and action plans and build the capacities of those countries for punishing and preventing corruption-related crimes and carrying out international anti-corruption cooperation.

  Second, we need to exchange and share anti-corruption experience and expertise and work together to enhance the fight against corruption. The forms of corruption vary among countries and regions but corruption has a common nature of pursuing personal gains by way of power and abusing public powers and there is similarity among countries in their measures against corruption. All states parties shall act upon the UNCAC to strengthen the collection, exchange and analysis of anti-corruption materials and learn and draw from each others strengths for complementarity. We need to share statistics and corruption-related analytical knowledge and materials through international and regional organizations, share successful experience of preventing and prosecuting corruption, jointly analyze the features and development trends of corruption-related and the environment that causes such crimes with a view to effectively upgrading the capacity for combating corruption.

  Third, we need to make full use of the role of the IAACA to promote anti-corruption technical assistance and information exchange. Since its inception in 2006, the IAACA has been committed to advancing the effective implementation of the UNCAC. It has become an important platform not only for exchanging and sharing anti-corruption experience, but also for gathering anti-corruption forces and serving international anti-corruption cooperation. Technical assistance and information exchange are an integral part of international cooperation against corruption-related crimes as well as a key area for the IAACA to fulfill its function and play its role. We hope that the IAACA will further enhance the effectiveness of its working mechanisms, provide anti-corruption law enforcement personnel of various countries and regions and personnel of relevant international organizations with opportunities for systematical and in-depth professional training and academic exchanges, make exchange and cooperation channels as smooth as possible, promote high-level exchanges and dialogue between anti-corruption authorities of various countries and regions to enhance understanding and mutual trust and make joint efforts to punish and prevent corruption-related crimes.

  Ladies and Gentlemen,

  The battle against corruption is a long-term, complex and arduous task and international anti-corruption cooperation will also be a long endeavor. China will, with an even more open attitude, sincerely learn from the successful anti-corruption practices of other countries to further improve the capacity and efficiency for punishing and preventing corruption. At the same time, we are also ready to work together with the international community to further enhance information exchange, experience sharing and technical assistance and continuously intensify the battle against cross-border and trans-regional crimes of corruption to jointly advance the sound development of the international anti-corruption cause.

  In closing, I wish the seminar every success. And to the distinguished guests, I wish you success in your work, good health and all the best.