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Chinese leader takes broad yet selective aim at corruption
Chinese leader takes broad yet selective aim at corruption

When it comes to fighting government corruption, few Chinese leaders have had as ruthless a reputation as Emperor Hongwu, founder of the Ming Dynasty. After taking the throne in the 14th century, he embarked on a fierce cleanup campaign, executing tainted officials and using their skins to make chairs and even scarecrows, which were displayed in government quarters as a warning sign to those tempted to stray. Since coming to power in November 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched his own high-profile drive to root out malfeasance, calling the problem a grave threat to the long-ruling Communist Party's existence. He vowed to take aim at both tigers (high-ranking cadres) and...

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