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China's anti-graft blitz takes aim at 'flies'

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>> A parade of shame on Chinese state TV. Officials caught in the net of President Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown, spilling their guts for the public. The anti graft drive has taken down dozens of top officials known as Tigers. Now it's shifting focus to those further down the ranks, the so-called Flies, and getting a lot pickier about their behavior.
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Reuters' Ben Blanchard explains.>> A lot of the details that we're getting of people that are caught up in this campaign are people who, for example, spend too much money at banquets or spend too much government money at banquets. People who go on business trips abroad and then take side trips to do a bit of sight seeing, this is exactly the kind of thing the party hates.
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These are the kinds of details that they've been giving us recently about the sorts of people that they're going after.>> Party leaders are expected to unveil a set of new anti graft rules at a key meeting next week. Sources telling Reuters there could also be discussion of a controversial plan forcing officials to disclose their assets.
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Some top brass oppose that, saying there shouldn't be a spotlight on the party's dirty laundry. But one thing not up for discussion, who's in charge when it comes to so called discipline.>> The Communist Party insists that it's campaign against corruption can be fought within the Communist Party, that it does not need any independence oversight to tackle this problem.
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Now critics have said that like really, China can't get to the bottom of this problem without involving some sort of independent body. The Communist Party has given absolutely no signs of showing that it will ever allow such a thing.>> Experts are also urging other changes, saying leaders should work on a dedicated anti graph law instead of simply chasing corrupt officials around the country.