中国问题专家、美国乔治梅森大学客座教授章天亮，在接受《自由亚洲电台》采访时表示：大贪官也是由小贪官变化而来 ，中共高级官员贪腐情况其实更为严重，但为了不影响到中共本身的形象和合法性， 当局往往不会披露中共高官的真实贪污数额。
采访/ 朱智善 编辑/张天宇 后制/舒灿
Exposures of “Flies" Covering Up The “Tigers"?
“Flies" refer to low level Communist officials
with corrupt deeds.
These grassroots officials are often found guilty of
corruption in tens of millions and even hundreds of
millions of yuan ($US tens of millions ).
The Communist mouthpieces have had frequent exposures
of these flies recently.
Commentators suspect these incidents are meant to divert
the attention away from the tigers, the corrupt officials
at high levels.
Recently, news of the flies went about in
mainland media and websites.
Seizure of 120 million ($US 20 million) in cash and
37 kilograms of gold were recently reported on a section-
level official in Hebei Province who owned 68 real estates;
A state-owned enterprise manager in Guangzhou was alleged
of a case involving nearly 400 million yuan ($US 65 million);
A village accountant in Beijing embezzled more than
100 million yuan ($US 16 million);
A village committee director of Shenzhen was suspected
of accepting bribes over 50 million ($US 16 million);
Beijing Zoo deputy director was charged with alleged corruption
of hundreds of millions of yuan……
Cases similar to these have been exposed recently.
Why is this phenomenon of flies so rampant in China today?
Comments can be heard from various sectors.
The most popular view has been that these flies have resulted
from unchecked power for lack of supervision
under the one-party dictatorship.
Beijing commentator Zha Jianguo: One major issue in corruption
is that the authorities are not subject to constraints.
The ill-nature of the authorities gets to expand
when it’s lacking restriction.
Naturally, the power goes with the money.
Therefore, unlimited power will inevitably create corruption.
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media attributed factors such
as insufficient anti-corruption, ineffective regulation,
imperfect legal system and so forth to the reoccurring flies.
There are critics arguing these factors are only superficial.
The fundamental reasons lie in the authorities, the Party.
When the Party is tilted, however sound the law, regulation,
and anti-corruption campaign, will do no good.
The superficial improvement will not eradicate
corruption from the root.
Zha Jianguo: How can China engage in the anti-corruption,
when political reform goes nowhere with
the one-party centralization?
There is no cure to the corruption caused by power.
How long will the effect of anti-corruption go?
It is very limited.
When it is the rule of man, there is restriction
in the aspects and time.
I believe it is even possible for it to reoccur
with greater chaos.
Netizens criticized: There must be a high official backing
behind the flies;
flies are greedy, the tigers are even more;
flies and tigers are one community of collusion.
Upon learning that the Governor of Calif. was coming to visit,
Zha Jianguo: This phenomenon is very widespread,
from top to down, from the central deep into every little
company, unit, village.
Lack of orderly supervision has led to loopholes in finance
at all levels, and collusion in various positions.
Mainlanders believe that expecting a high official governing a
low-level official is like expecting the big greed managing
the small greed.
Petitioner Ms. Yu from Qidong City, Jiangsu Province:
This anti-corruption is a big net to get a few tigers,
but not the ones below them.
How can they have changed into good ones after a few make-up,
everyone has been saying that.
None of the corrupt ones have been taken care of in our place,
I think basically they have not touched any of them in the nation,
other than a few in Shanxi and Yunnan.
Zhang Tianliang, the China issue expert, also visiting professor
at George Mason University, told Radio Free Asia:
Tigers came from flies, the central corruption is
actually even worse.
In order not to affect the image and legitimacy of the CCP,
the authorities would not disclose the actual amount
of corruption amongst the CCP officials.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-Production/ShuCan