Sunday 15 December 2019

Adultery map names and shames politicians in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Tom Phillips

A government-sanctioned "adultery map" of philandering Communist Party officials has been published in China, charting the nationwide distribution of bed-hopping civil servants.

The map was unveiled by the 'People's Daily', the Communist Party's newspaper, yesterday and is based on information obtained from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), China's anti-corruption unit.

At the instruction of President Xi Jinping, the CCDI is embarking on a major assault on corruption, extravagance and breaches of Communist Party discipline, of which adultery is one.

"If misconduct is not corrected but allowed to run rampant it will build an invisible wall between our party and the people," Mr Xi warns in a recently-released collection of his speeches called 'The Governance of China'. Twelve Chinese provinces are shamed in the "adultery map" as well as Beijing. Hubei, a province in central China, was identified as the place where officials had the most relaxed morals, with a record six senior Communist Party leaders being denounced for infidelity in 2014.

The second worst offender was Shanxi province.

One woman was alleged to have engaged in "long-term romantic relationships with many superiors and subordinates", according to the 'China Economic Weekly'.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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