‘Corrective Measures’: China Asks Officials to Stop Plagiarizing Their Self-Criticisms

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Even for a Marxist, writing original self-critical confessions is hard. Why not copy the confessions of a fellow transgressor?

William Kazer reports: China’s communist leaders may be taking a break from their battle with tigers and flies. Now the ruling party seems to be focusing on copycats.

While the nation’s graft-busters have been wrestling with corrupt officials big and small, the enforcers of party discipline are worried about another troublesome matter — too many insincere self-criticisms, according to the People’s Daily. Self-criticisms are reports officials are asked to regularly produce evaluating their own performance.

“Some cadres copied materials already on file or drafted similar accounts,” the newspaper wrote of official self-criticisms. “Copying or borrowing of existing material should be immediately pointed out.”

Those who are holding up a magnifying glass to examine the behavior of party cadres and ensure party guidelines are followed are apparently complaining about the rank and file not taking their self-criticisms seriously. Problem officials seem to be behaving more like schoolboys — copying the confessions of fellow transgressors.

“The problems with self-criticisms apparently don’t stop at plagiarism. According to the People’s Daily, sometimes officials have made ‘self-criticisms that were superficial, their criticisms were not serious and their corrective measures inadequate.’”

The People’s Daily said in its online edition that some 45 top party officials have been put in charge of ensuring party discipline at the local level and laying down the law as stated by Communist Party chief Xi Jinping.

Part of their job is to explain and analyze the behavior of such high-profile offenders as former security czar Zhou Yongkang or former rising star and Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai, both of whom have been snared in the ongoing anti-corruption campaign. (There are also numerous lesser lights — or perhaps more appropriately, points of party darkness — that have been exposed in this prolonged battle against corruption and official misdeeds.)

Another objective of these discipline teams? To get officials to stop cribbing from each other…(read more)

WSJ

–William Kazer


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