China launched a new anti-corruption bureau on Thursday with a vow to improve government transparency and "prevent corruption at its root."
"The founding of the bureau is to meet the need to effectively prevent corruption in China," state media quoted National Bureau of Corruption Prevention (NBCP) head Ma Wen as saying.
Ma said the bureau planned to focus on "supervising and regulating the use of power and adopt effective measures to prevent the abuse of power," the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Ma, 59, joined China's ruling Communist Party in 1972 and rose through official ranks to become the deputy head of its Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in 2004.
She also serves as China's Minister of Supervision, the agency said.
Qu Wanxing, the deputy head of the anti-corruption bureau, said the new body would not investigate individual cases but would promote government transparency to "prevent corruption at its root."
"The NBCP staff will collect and analyze information from sectors including banks, land use, medicine and telecommunications and share it with other departments," Qu said.
China had punished 16 ministerial-level or higher officials for serious corruption in the last five years, the agency said.
Among them was Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of China's food and drug administration, who was executed for corruption in July.
The government is using a letter written by Zheng shortly before his execution, under the title "Posthumous writings of remorse," to warn local officials against corruption, state media said.
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