China Warns Kids Against Classroom Graft: Eye on Chinese MediaBy
The People’s Daily called on schools to snuff out the “minor corruption committed by pupils,” in what would be an expansion of President Xi Jinping’s four-year-old ANTI-GRAFT CAMPAIGN into a new area. A commentary in the Communist Party newspaper said it was common to see students bribe teachers and other students to gain advantage in class. The paper urged people to teach children correct conduct before they grow accustomed to a corrupt culture. THE CONTEXT: Xi’s signature anti-corruption campaign, which has targeted lowly “flies” as well as powerful “tigers,” has been a core piece of his effort consolidate power in the ruling Communist Party.
In Other Reports:
- OVERCAPACITY: The northern province of Shanxi plans to cut 17 million tons of coal production capacity and close 18 collieries this year, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The province, which accounts for one-quarter of nation’s proven coal reserves, aims to limit average annual production capacity to 1.2 billion tons by the end of the decade. Shanxi’s output fell to 832 million tons last year, a year-on-year decline of 143 million tons, state media reported previously.
- EMPLOYING GRADUATES: Premier Li Keqiang called for greater employment of college graduates to help preserve social stability, the China Daily reported. He stressed better training and encouraged students to seek jobs in the service and agricultural sectors, the English-language newspaper said. Almost 8 million students are expected to graduate university this year. China aims to create 11 million new urban jobs this year.
- HEALTH CARE: The government has earmarked more than 1.4 trillion yuan ($203 billion) for healthcare this year, the China Daily reported. The government also plans to quash “improper increases of medical costs,” the paper said, quoting Song Qichao, deputy director of the Finance Ministry’s Social Security Department.