Copies of a booklet from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog, is seen on a table during their news conference in Beijing, China, January 15, 2016.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Chinese officials convicted in President Xi Jinping's sprawling anti-corruption drive have embezzled or misused nearly $1 billion in public funds, a new report has found. Official graft causes widespread public anger in China, and since taking over as the ruling Communist Party's leader in 2012 Xi has overseen a much-publicized campaign against the scourge.It shows that 231 officials have been convicted and sentenced in Chinese courts since Xi came to power – only a fraction of those put under investigation by the Communist Party, which operates its own discipline system outside judicial supervision.Chinese courts – which are controlled by the party and have a conviction rate of more than 99.9 percent – found they embezzled or misused more than 6.3 billion yuan (nearly $1 billion), according to the verdicts against them, the database shows.
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