BEIJING (Reuters) - Senior Chinese leaders need to “strictly educate and supervise” their children and family members and not rest of their laurels amid an on-going fight against corruption, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of an elite Communist Party body.
Since assuming power three years ago, Xi has embarked on a sweeping campaign against deep-seated graft, warning, like others before him, that the party’s very survival was at risk.
Dozens of top officials have been taken down, including the powerful former domestic chief Zhou Yongkang, two retired senior military officers, Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, a one-time aide to retired president Hu Jintao called Ling Jihua, and Bo Xilai, who was party boss in the metropolis of Chongqing.
Speaking to the Politburo, a 25-member body one rung below the Standing Committee, where real power lies, Xi said its members had to avoid a “sense of superiority regarding their power or status”.
In comments carried by Xinhua news agency late on Tuesday, Xi urged Politburo members to “strictly educate and supervise their children and other family members as well as subordinates, and to rectify their problems in a timely manner”.
The Politburo also had to learn the lessons of Zhou, Xu, Guo, Ling and Bo, he said.
“By seriously investigating their misconduct and punishing them accordingly, the party honors its responsibility to itself, to the country, the people, and history,” Xi said, according to state media.
“The Party spirit does not grow with ages, rather, it requires members to constantly improve and temper themselves.”
Family members are frequently implicated in political scandals in China.
Bo’s wife was jailed for murdering a British businessman, while several family members of Guo, Zhou and Ling have all been implicated in their corruption cases.
Xi said Politburo members should also stay away from vulgar tastes and a set good examples for other.
“They must hold the idea of serving the people whole-heartedly, always think about the state and the people, and devote themselves to the cause of the party and the people,” Xi said.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry