Monday 11 December 2017

China moves on corruption in its railway network

China will abolish its powerful railways ministry, which has operated for years as a state within the state, as part of a wide-ranging revamp to tackle corruption.

Xi Jinping, who will be rubber-stamped as the country's new president this week, has pledged to streamline government, cut costs and reduce red tape.

The railways ministry, a Soviet-style behemoth that transports 1.7 billion passengers a year, was an obvious target.

Until last August, the ministry had its own courts and police force. Its budget, meanwhile, was greater than the official defence budget last year, at 745 billion yuan (€92bn).

A spokesman said much government work had been "done messily, with abuse of power and corruption".

Irish Independent

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