Newly installed Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping warned in a speech at the first meeting of the new Politburo that corruption could rot the state and cause it to collapse.
Xi said in the speech that a failure to remain vigilant about graft could cause the government to meet a similar fate as those around the world that have been toppled by popular uprisings in recent years, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
“Matter has to rot first, then worms can breed,” Xi was quoted as saying, according to the report, making an apparent reference to protests triggered by perceived corruption.
“In recent years, some countries have stored up problems for a long time leading to public anger and outcry, civil unrest and regime collapse—and corruption has been a very important factor in this,” he continued. “A large number of facts tell us that the worse corruption becomes, the final outcome can only be the end of the party and the end of the state! We must be vigilant!”