Is China corrupt

Corruption in China

The "Corruption Perceptions Index", an index for perceived corruption in the public sector, was 58 points in China in 2020. The scale ranges from 0 to 100, the higher the value, the more massive the corruption. China ranks 80th. The result is slightly below average compared to other countries.

Compared to the previous year, there was a slight decrease in corruption in 2020. From a long-term perspective, it has also fallen moderately in recent years.

Germany is in 9th place with a value of 20. Incidentally, the ranking is led by Denmark with a value of 12. The sad last place is occupied by South Sudan (88 points).

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Development of Corruption in China 2003-2020


The causes of corruption are partly political and cultural. Ineffective law enforcement may fuel this. It is noticeable that it is regularly lower in democratically governed countries (form of government in China: People's Republic). Likewise, higher levels of corruption occur predominantly in low-income countries. In China, the per capita income is 9,281 euros per year and is thus in the middle of the global comparison. The cost of living is in an inconspicuous middle field, but does not indicate great poverty or great prosperity.

Development of the corruption index in China 2003-2020



Bribes abroad

The evaluations listed above are based on surveys by Transparency International, which determines the corruption index annually. The original "Corruption Perceptions Index" knows the numbers exactly the other way around and assigns higher values ​​for lower corruption. The official value for China is therefore 42 points in 2020. This would actually be an anti-corruption index, because the higher the number of points, the lower the corruption. These numbers have been inverted here to make the graphs easier to understand and to visualize.

However, the index only includes corruption within the respective country for the public sector. Another survey is also carried out by Transparency International to measure the willingness with which nationals abroad pay bribes and kickbacks. This index is based on surveys of companies in 28 leading economies and was last published in 2011. It shows that entrepreneurs in numerous countries adhere to anti-money laundering laws within their own national borders, but are more willing to pay bribes abroad.

The scale of this index ranges from 0 to 10, with a lower value indicating a greater willingness to corrupt. China was in 27th place with a score of 6.5 points. The average for all 28 countries was 7.8 points, with the best value (Netherlands) being only 8.8.

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