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Can China's economy function without corruption, some wonder

With officials fearful to make decisions and not used to a system that runs without bribes, projects are stagnating and the economy is taking a hit

Published Thu, Feb 12, 2015 · 09:50 PM

Beijing

AS China moves into the third year of its far-reaching anti-corruption campaign, experts and officials are worrying that without the grease of bribes, projects are stagnating and the economy is taking a hit.

Across China, more than 100,000 officials have been disciplined since President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive began, according to the government's own figures. As a result, many others are sitting on their hands, delaying decisions and failing to grant approvals for investment projects, either out of fear that they could be caught up in a future corruption probe, or because, without a bribe, they simply lack any incentive to act.

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