Corruption remains a big problem in parts of Asia, particularly in Bangkok and China where millions of dollars have been ill-gotten or demanded by government officials for kickbacks from contracts, reports the Bangkok Post.
In Thailand, kicbacks are estimated at as much as 30% of contract values, resulting in losses of 160 billion (US$5 billion) to 200 billion baht ($6.6 billion), says the newspaper, citing the Thai Corruption Situation Index.
Over in China, "corruption persists, with some cases even involving huge sums of money. The situation in combating corruption is still very serious, and the tasks are still abundant," says a State Council report obtained by the Post.
To fight corruption, China has imposed new rules that require government officials to report their incomes, investments, personal assets and whereabouts of family members. More curbs on "extravagant expenses" such as official travel, purchasing cars and banquets would be implemented, says the Post.
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