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    Top Chinese Officials Sent on Prison Tours as Anti-Corruption Measure

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    Senior Chinese officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) are sent on prison tours after a series of corruption scandals.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — Senior Chinese officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China are regularly sent on prison tours after a series of corruption scandals hit this government agency between 2013 and 2014, Xu Shaoshi, chairman of NDRC said on Thursday.

    Between May 2013 and October 2014 19 officials from the China’s National Development and Reform Commission were arrested on corruption charges. Since then, several anti-corruption measures have been implemented, Shaoshi told reporters.

    “Over the last year we organized several tours to prisons located in Beijing for more than 200 [NDRC’s] officials,” Xu Shaoshi said.

    During those tours, aimed at chastening senior officials, prisoners who used to hold positions in government explained their downfall.

    Corruption is considered to be a serious crime in China. According to a recent survey, conducted by the Social Survey Center of China Youth Daily last November, 73 percent of Chinese citizens support the death penalty in cases of official corruption.

    Approximately 340,000 Chinese officials have gone on prison tours organized by different government agencies since they began in 2008, the China Daily reported last December.

    Last December Chinese ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was arrested on corruption charges and expelled from the Chinese Communist Party. Many of his former associates and relatives also faced corruption probes.

    Since coming to power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a high-profile campaign to stop corruption among party and government officials.

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