Corruption in ChinaThe "Corruption Perceptions Index" for the public sector showed 55 points in China for 2022. The scale has a range from 0 to 100. The more corruption rises, the higher the number is. With this result China ranks 65th. So, compared to other countries, it is slightly below average.
Compared to the previous year, in 2022, the level of corruption remained unchanged. In the long term, it has declined moderately in recent years.
The United States are in 24th place with a score of 31. The ranking is led by Denmark, with a value of 10. The sad last place is occupied by Somalia (88 points).
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Corruption in China 2003 - 2022
The causes of corruption lie in part in political and cultural reasons. Ineffective law enforcement may further promote it. It is striking that it is regularly lower in democratically governed countries (form of government in China: People's Republic). Similarly, higher corruption occurs predominantly in low-income countries. In China, per capita income is 11,880 USD annually, which puts it in the middle of the global comparison. The cost of living is in the unremarkable middle range, but does not indicate either great poverty or great prosperity.
Development of the corruption index in China 2003 - 2022
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Bribes abroadThe above analyses are based on surveys conducted by Transparency International, which calculates the Corruption Perceptions Index annually. The official index shows the figures exactly the other way around and assigns higher values for lower corruption. So the official score for China is 45 points in 2022, which would actually make it an anti-corruption index because as the score increases, corruption decreases. The numbers have been inverted here for better understanding and easier visualization of the graphs.
This index only includes corruption within the respective country for the public sector. Another survey is also conducted by Transparency International to measure the willingness of nationals to pay bribes and kickbacks abroad. This index is based on surveys of companies in 28 leading economies and was last published in 2011. It shows that while business owners in many countries comply with anti-money laundering laws within their own borders, they show a greater willingness to pay bribes abroad.
The scale of this index ranges from 0 to 10, with a lower value again expressing a higher willingness to engage in corruption. China ranked 27th with a score of 6.5 points. The average for all 28 countries was 7.8 points, with the best score being 8.8 (Netherlands).