No sign of Xi pausing anti-corruption campaign

China’s leadership is unlikely to shift its attention from fighting corruption to focus more on economic and financial reform, according to academic Sonny Lo.

Although the Chinese leadership does not distinguish between its campaign against corruption and its campaign to restructure the economy, the clampdown on crime will continue to demand most of its attention, according to Sonny Lo, professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Lo, who is head of the institute’s department of social sciences, specialises in the politics of organised crime in Greater China.

He said the leadership in Beijing would reject the notion that the Communist Party must first conclude its anti-corruption campaign in order to shore up the political power required to then tackle difficult economic reforms, such as restructuring state-owned enterprises.

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