In his determined efforts to fight corruption, China’s President Xi Jinping is following the textbook to the letter. His guru could well be Professor Robert Klitgaard, now at Claremont Graduate University in California.
As the distinguished South African academic has written, there are three rules to be followed in a successful campaign against corruption:
1. “Put the fight against corruption at the center of creating a new government.”
2. “Create a core of qualified well-paid government leaders.”
3. “Demonstrate that impunity is over by frying some big fish.”
And this is where the current news is so encouraging. Few fish (although Xi and the Chinese press prefer to say “tiger”) are bigger in China than Zhou Yongkang. The Chinese official media has reported that the 71-year-old Zhou has been arrested. He is now being investigated by the government’s anti-corruption agency, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.