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BEIJING, July 12 China's regulator of major
state-run industries has warned senior executives to control
their impulses and manage their family connections as the
government steps up the fight against corruption.
Zhang Yi, Communist Party chief of the State-Owned Assets
Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), told a
meeting of more than 150 senior executives that they should
treat battling graft as one of their most important tasks.
"Cultivate your moral character and nurture virtue, raise
your ability to fight corruption," the watchdog quoted Zhang
saying on its website (www.sasac.gov.cn) on Friday.
"Properly manage your relatives and those close to you;
don't be encumbered by your emotions, damaged by your emotions
or misled by your emotions," he added.
Sensitive to public outrage and warning that corruption
threatens the party's very survival, President Xi Jinping has
pledged to crack down on corruption at all levels, though only a
few senior officials have been fired or investigated for
corruption since he came to power last year.
SASAC is a ministerial-level body run by China's cabinet,
the State Council, and is directly responsible for 116
state-owned companies, including national industrial champions
such as CNOOC, PetroChina , China Mobile
, State Grid Corp and Air China
Xi has gone after extravagance and warned officials to be
morally upstanding as part of his graft-fighting strategy.
Government departments and ministries have held meetings
similar to the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration
Commission gathering over the past few weeks and months.
A string of high-profile incidents, including a high-speed
Ferrari crash reportedly involving the son of a senior public
official, and numerous scandals with family members of
government employees, have enraged many Chinese who have taken
to the Internet to vent their anger.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Eric Meijer and Nick