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361 64 Discipline Inspection Cadres Must Dare to Tackle Tough Cases1 August 17, 1989 As a newcomer to the work of leading the Municipal Party Committee,2 I’ve come to listen to your thoughts. For a long time, my work has been in the economic sphere and I may not have covered all areas very well. Before coming to Shanghai, I didn’t have a very deep understanding of Party conduct. Although the caliber of cadres at central government agencies is relatively high, they have less direct contact with money and material goods. At most, people will invite them to banquets when they travel to local areas, and major cases of corruption and bribe-taking aren’t likely to occur. Since coming to local government and seeing many letters from the public as well as actual problems, I’ve sensed the seriousness of problems with Party conduct, and that the conduct of the Party in power is a matter of its life or death. There can be no equivocation on this point. As a result, we’ve insisted on clean government for over a year, which is why my televised address of June 83 was quite effective. Otherwise, the people would have had no confidence in us and no one would have listened to us at a critical moment. Clearly, if we are to revitalize Shanghai, if we are to do better work in Shanghai, we must still focus on clean government and on Party conduct —we must treat these as our lifeblood. Of course there’s considerable resistance in this area. It can be very difficult —very painful—to address this issue. It distresses me greatly to see some of the problems among some leading cadres. Among our colleagues, some may not have very serious problems but they do not make strict demands of themselves. For example, I originally had a rather favorable initial impression of some leading cadres until they actually started saying inappropriate things because of their own housing issues—this worries me. How can Party conduct 1. This is the main part of a speech Zhu Rongji delivered after listening to a work report by the Discipline Inspection Commission of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee. 2. On August 1, 1989, the Party Central Committee decided to appoint Zhu Rongji Party secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee. 3. This refers to his televised speech of June 8, 1989. See chap. 53. Zhu_Shanghai Years_1987-1991_hc_9780815731399_i-xii_1-620.indd 361 12/26/17 12:01 PM 362 Discipline Inspection Cadres Must Dare to Tackle Tough Cases improve if we don’t focus on clean government? If everyone is out for himself, how can we build our Party and our country well? The problems of Party conduct that have emerged over the past few years are new ones that we are tackling in the course of reform and opening up. Because we lack experience and psychological preparation, in some cases we’ve been unable to draw clear lines between right and wrong, between legal and illegal; we didn’t have a deep understanding of the consequences and harm caused by inequitable distribution. However, some problems developed even before reform and opening up. For instance, privileged treatment within the Party was never properly resolved when the Party entered the cities. Some cadres were seriously detached from the people, some had a feudal mindset and were very hedonistic. The fine traditions and conduct of the Party were not fully sustained. The current obstacle to clean government is the lack of separation between government and enterprise—this is responsible for a lot of corruption. Government agencies have a great deal of power and can control the destiny of enterprises . If you use the powers of your office just to give an enterprise a hard time, it will have to offer you gifts. Moreover, our enterprises belong to the state, and no one is in charge even if you eat away or give away all their assets. Corruption also exists under capitalism, but it’s not like ours, where nobody cares if an enterprise goes bankrupt. I think it’s entirely wrong for government agencies to make money and felt that way when I first arrived in Shanghai, though I later agreed to it. Looking at the practice now, I see incredible abuses. Staff at government agencies should have the utmost integrity, and if they accept money or goods from enterprises, it should be treated as corruption and bribe-taking. Feudal society...


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