Communist Party cadres who mislead state authorities over their age, marital status, or education level have been singled out as “disloyal” by China’s top-anti corruption body. It said that those who hide their personal trips abroad or their marriages, assets or investments are often hiding something suspicious.

“Nothing is a ‘small thing’ or a ‘small problem’. Instead, it is behaviour that is disloyal to the party, that ignores the law,” said the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in a column published on their website on Friday. It added that “if they are allowed to continue, cadres will go further and do whatever they please.”

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012. Photo: WikiMedia

The warning came after the CCDI announced that a businessman was found to have falsified personal information to the party in order to hide large cash transfers.

On Thursday, the CCDI also published a newspaper column warning officials about their behaviour. It said: “[S]ome people do not improve themselves along with getting a promotion. They will instead get worse – so terrible that people become scared.”

President Xi Jinping of China addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

It added that “the problems that may arise after promotion and the ability of power to corrupt absolutely should not be underestimated.” It said that,for cadres, a promotion is only “the beginning of the test.”

President Xi Jinping has placed a high emphasis on stamping out corruption after becoming the Chinese President in 2012 though some analysts believe the crackdown is a means to solidify his control of the party.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.