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China media: Fake documents

Chinese government wants to put an end to corruption
Image caption China's leaders say they want to put an end to corruption

Papers call for severe punishment for officials who use false documents for personal gain.

According to the Global Times, the authorities have launched a campaign to "sift through" profiles of all officials to crack down on fraud.

This latest effort comes after inspection teams of the anti-graft watchdog reported rampant "falsifying" of personal information during their inspection rounds.

The daily adds that anti-corruption inspections will focus on verifying civil servants' date of birth, work history, membership in the party and information about their family members.

The China Daily calls the tampering of personal files "a form of corruption", saying it is "unforgivable for officials to get involved in such an indecent and unethical practice".

"Those whose personal information is found to be adulterated for their own benefit should be expelled from both the government and the party," it suggests.

A commentary in the Beijing Youth Daily notes that faking credentials has become a common form of corruption among officials in recent years.

It points out that the management of officials' records was lax and the authorities did not take the problem seriously.

"In many lower-ranking departments, one can successfully falsify their personal records just by presenting gifts or giving a treat to the officials," observes the article.

The commentary calls for penalties, including dismissal, for those officials who "lack integrity".

An article in the Beijing News suggests that the record management system should be more transparent and that officials' basic personal information should be made available to the public for further scrutiny.

"To tackle the root of the problem, one should also stress work ability and not place too much emphasis on age, educational qualifications and personal background," it adds.

Power politics

Meanwhile, China has urged the Philippines "to be fair" to a Chinese state-run electricity firm after Manila's decision to end its "technical involvement" in the country's power grid.

According to the Xinhua, Philippine Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has announced that Chinese technicians working for the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be sent home by July, but the Chinese State Grid Corporation will still retain its 40% share in the company.

Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, on Thursday said that the Philippines took the decision due to "national security concerns".

He, however, reminded Manila that the Chinese firm had won a 25-year franchise of the Philippines' national transmission grid in 2007 and had made "important contributions" to the country's drive for power self-sufficiency.

"We hope that the Philippines can deal with the issue in a just and impartial way, protect the rights and interests of Chinese enterprises in the Philippines, and create a favourable environment for foreign investors," says the spokesperson.

Tensions between China and the Philippines have escalated in recent months over rival claims in the South China Sea.

The Global Times' Chinese edition highlights reports in foreign media as saying that the Philippines has been "feeling uneasy" with Chinese nationals operating in its national power grid. The Qianjiang Evening News says Manila's actions show that it is "not honouring its promises".

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