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Chinese president Xi Jinping says his anti-corruption campaign is no excuse to be ‘lazy’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told officials of his government not to use his anti-corruption campaign which has resulted in death sentences for some officials as an excuse to slack off and avoid difficult decisions, according to state-run media outlet Xinhua.

“Officials should carry out the standards for cadres in the new era … Ensure that they are not doing useless work, are not idle, doing nothing but eating all day, and are not being inattentive and lazy,” Xi said.

Since coming to power in November 2012, Xi rapidly implemented a wide-reaching anti-corruption campaign that was reported to be targeting “tigers and flies,” a metaphor for both the powerful and the weak.

More than 1 million Chinese government officials have been punished since the campaign began, according to Chinese state media.

But there have been reports that the campaign, while effective in many respects, has left some provincial and municipal leaders nervous of taking risks for fear of falling foul of the powerful National Supervisory Commission, the body overseeing the anti-corruption campaign.

But Xi has made it clear he won’t tolerate officials using the campaign to avoid taking risks.

“Officials should (not) use anti-corruption campaigns as an excuse for shirking responsibilities or refusing to perform duties. (They) should have the courage to take the burden, to chew on hard bones,” Xi said at the meeting, which was attended by top Communist Party officials.

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