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Chinese Report Corruption Via Online Tip Sites, Xinhua Reports

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- China’s government is encouraging people to report corruption by filing anonymous tips on the Internet, as the Communist Party presses ahead with a campaign to crack down on official malfeasance.

Online news portals created links last month directing users to pages of the party’s discipline department, the land ministry and other agencies where they can send tips, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the State Internet Information Office. Daily views of the informant pages have since tripled and the number of tips has doubled, it said.

Anger over corruption has spurred President Xi Jinping and other leaders to pledge an anti-graft drive that includes trying to eliminate excessive spending and abuses of military license plates. Xi told fellow leaders last year that failure to address corruption could lead to social unrest and undermine the party’s legitimacy.

News organizations including Xinhua and the People’s Daily, as well as news portals owned by Sina Corp. and Sohu.com Inc., set up websites on April 19, Xinhua said.

China’s 564 million Internet users increasingly use the Web to expose cases of corruption. The southwestern city of Chongqing said May 7 it will expel an official from the Communist Party after he was identified in a sex video circulated online.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Henry Sanderson in Beijing at hsanderson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rosalind Mathieson at rmathieson3@bloomberg.net

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