January 1, 1999
Professor of Government Cheng Li was quoted in Newsweek
(Nov. 25) in an article about China's "princelings." According to Newsweek
, for those at the pinnacle of Chinese power, politics can be a very lucrative calling, and some relatives of top leaders...have amassed sprawling business empires through their political connections...Fighting corruption was a big theme during last week's Party Congress...The challenge boils down to whether leaders who have benefited from corruption can be expected to turn around and rein it in. It may be too early to tell. But central-government graft-busters have actually made some progress since the flush, freewheeling early 1990s...Li agrees that corruption was more rampant back then, in part because "there's not that much money left to embezzle."