In January this year, Xi Jinping pledged to deal aggressively with corruption. He said the Chinese Communist Party would “strike tigers as well as flies,” meaning it would pursue corruption cases involving high-ranking officials as well as small-time crooks. The above cartoon, posted by artist Lao Xiao (老肖) to Sina Weibo, the hand of the CCP tries to deal with a fly of corruption. But the swatter of “punishment” (惩) in the Party’s hand is so small it is hopeless against the massive fly.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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