- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2007

2:12 p.m.

BEIJING (AP) — The school where China’s Communist Party trains its top officials is adopting an anti-corruption textbook for the first time, state media reported yesterday.

Chronic corruption has fed public anger that China’s top leaders fear could undermine their grip on power.

“This will be the first systematic, formal and exclusive textbook on anti-corruption in the history of the Central Party School,” Hou Shaohua, a deputy director at the school, was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper.

The Central Party School is the training center for high-ranking members of the party.

School officials said work on the textbook began after President Hu Jintao, who is also general secretary of the party, said in December that ethics education among officials had to be improved, according to the newspaper.

It did not say what is in the book.

China’s top prosecutor, Jia Chunwang, told lawmakers this month that 29,966 officials were indicted for corruption last year. That figure was virtually unchanged from the year before despite several high-profile graft investigations, including one that toppled the Communist Party chief in Shanghai.

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