SHANGHAI — China’s President Xi Jinping said his trademark anticorruption campaign will continue with zero tolerance for violators in 2016.
“The Communist Party central leadership’s firm determination to fight corruption has not changed; the goal of preventing corruption from spreading has not changed,” Xi was quoted as saying by official news agency, Xinhua.
The comments came as Xi addressed the sixth plenary session of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in Beijing Tuesday.
According to Xinhua’s report, Xi called for corrupt officials at all levels to be “severely punished” in the interests of the people and the country.
Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has made this fight against graft one of the trademarks of his regime with thousands of officials from all levels of governments, the military and state-owned companies caught up in the campaign.
The campaign has also been blamed for the cooling of China’s luxury market, as conspicuous consumption has quickly gone out of style and the previously significant market of gifting for officials has taken a beating.