reply to post by purplemonkey
Corruption is a widespread problem at the local governmental layers.
Let me tell you a bit about the political system here.
Ever since we abandoned collectivism and embraced capitalism more and more power was given to local governments. Even though policies are drafted at
the central government, but implementation is done at local level. So often if the policy is not drafted strictly or even strictly enough, then it
depends to what extend the implementation is followed up. The lower the governmental level, the less politics and the more corruption you will notice,
in all different flavours that come with it.
For example, if the Central government made a "green policy". Local governments will get the "input" from the counties, the counties from the
cities/towns and then to a neighbourhood what kind of "green activities are planned and what budget is required." From the street level it will
apply a certain budget for let's say a 15 trees to be grown. Eventually i would not be surprised if only 3 trees are planted. Of course
over-exegeration, but you get the point.
Anyhow, the local governments have a lot of authorities in this system, and unfortunately also subject to a lot of corruption. Because the system is
not transparant and open enough. This is why the Central government is trying to take back more local power the recent years, by going to a system
ruled by the law. For example, the implementation of a new labour law. It was succesfully implemented throughout China from the 1st of January on.
Simply because the policy and law made it mandatory for each province to follow the law exactly. Costprice for labour increased between 10-20% all
over China, no province or local county could avoid it.
Now, what you also see is, that the more developed a certain area is, the less corrupt that area will become. In a rural middle of nowhere inland
province, you might be hold up by a police officer for speeding. But if you know how to deal with him, you might keep on driving with only "RMB 50
Cash" ticket that you paid. While in GuangDong province, especially within the industrial Pearl River Delta, this is unimaginable. Over here a ticket
need to be paid in a police station, no cash payment is accepted, and citizens can file complaints in when a police officer request that. This is why
I embrace the economic growth for China, not only because it bring prosperity for the ordinary people all over China, but it also develop the people
and the system.
Sichuan particularly is a less developed, you can even say under-developed province. Maybe only Chengdu, her capital, is in full rate developing. It
is even rumored that Microsoft is planning to build her new Chinese headquarter in Chengdu. But the rest of Sichuan? Check the pictures of those
udner-developed mountainous areas, and see how easy these old builings collapsed
So, yeah, I believe there is more corruption in Sichuan than in