February 23, 2009

China: Bribe cases reached 6,227 in 2008

The Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it prosecuted 6,227 bribery cases, involving about $241 million, in 2008.

The bribes included 726 cases related to medicine sales and 216 cases related to construction projects, Xinhua reported Monday.

Shi Jianyuan, a Chinese Communist Party official stationed at the SAIC said the government was on the alert for bribery cases related to post-earthquake reconstruction projects and spending related to the country's economic stimulus spending.

SAIC Director Zhou Bohua has said officials who accept bribes should be punished severely, Xinhua reported.