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China, India Middle of the Pack in New World Corruption Index

Oct. 27 – China came in at 78th and India at 87th out of the 178 territories ranked in Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure of domestic, public sector corruption released on Tuesday.

Using a compilation of 13 surveys and assessments undertaken by international bodies such as the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the 2010 CPI measures the degree to which public sector corruption is perceived to exist in 178 of the world’s regions, scoring each territory on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean).

Over 75 percent of the nations included in the index received scores below 5 and China and India were no exception, earning scores of 3.5 and 3.3 respectively.

“These results signal that significantly greater efforts must go into strengthening governance across the globe. With the livelihoods of so many at stake, governments’ commitments to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability must speak through their actions. Good governance is an essential part of the solution to the global policy challenges governments face today,” Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International, said in a company press release yesterday.

The gap between China and India has also increased in this year’s edition of the annual report, with China improving from 79th position in 2009 to 78th in 2010 while India fell from 84th in 2009 to 87th in 2010. Both countries, though, have seen their integrity scores decrease by 0.1 points.

“India has gone down in the ranking as well as integrity score and this is a matter of concern and regret. It appears that the level of governance has not improved despite India having a skilled set of administrators,” said Transparency International India Chairman PS Bawa.

According to the report, Somalia (1.1), Afghanistan (1.4), Myanmar (1.4) and Iraq (1.5) are perceived as the most corrupt countries in the world while Denmark (9.3), New Zealand (9.3) and Singapore (9.3) are perceived as the least corrupt.

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8 Responses to China, India Middle of the Pack in New World Corruption Index

  1. Deek says:

    India should have been even lower in rank. My personal experience is that this country (my home country, India) is very corrupt.

    1. Chief Ministers are corrupt.

    2. Political establishment is corrupt.

    3. Judiciary (except Supreme court) is corrupt

    4. Police is corrupt

    5. Many ministers in the Central (Federal) govt are corrupt.

    6. Administrative officers (IAS) are corrupt.

    Some good news:

    1. Media is very bold (maybe over the top sometimes)

    2. New generation takes pride in honesty. That should improve India’s ranking in the next 10 years.

  2. Chinese guy says:

    China’s government definately should be ranked lower than 100th, earning no more than 2 point.

  3. Sai says:

    Sir, it is understandable that we feel we are corrupt… but wht about the developed world? the corruption scale in India might be lower than the west, bcoz most of it is small scale.

    I consider even Lobbying as a form of corruption. Who paid Barrack Obama’s campaign? n who is he serving? who paid Cameroon’s campaign? vested interests are also corruption.

    @Chris: Does the Transperancy guys take lobbying into account?

  4. The_Observer says:

    Actually, your title should have been, “A Decade of Increasing Corruption”. I’ve extracted Transparency International’s positions for China and India over the last decade. They are:

    China India
    2001 57 71
    2002 59 71
    2003 66 83
    2004 71 90
    2005 78 88
    2006 70 70
    2007 72 72
    2008 72 85
    2009 79 84
    2010 78 87

  5. Sai says:

    thnx for the work man…nice one…

    i am surprised to see the the meteoric rise between 2002 to 2005.

    NDA’s ruling time in India 😀 sweet ram 😀

    What surprises me even further is the steep decrease between 2005 – 2008 even with chalu laluji n Chor Rajaji in the Govt. :O

    the last two yrs, yes we could see the corruption…

    I believe there were a lot irregularities since 2005 that were publicly disgusting n embarrasing.

    can u explain the casue for fluctuations in corruption levels inPRC?


  6. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    Corruption in China and India is different. In India, it’s endemic but is relatively small amounts – such as Rs.200 (USD 0.4 cents) to get a piece of paperwork processed, but it China it isn’t endemic but involves far larger amounts when it does surface – such as customs wanting USD20,000 in cash or your ship stays unloaded at dock for a week. – Chris

  7. Siddhartha says:

    Most of the communities in India (such as Bengali), are succumbed in ‘Culture of Poverty'(a theory introduced by an American anthropologist Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or economic strata, lives in pavement or apartment. Nobody is at all ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption, decaying general quality of life, worst Politico-administrative system, weak mother language, continuous absorption of common space (mental as well as physical, both). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by self-procreation, mindlessly & blindfold. Simply depriving their(the children) fundamental rights of a decent, caring society, fearless & dignified living. Do not ever look for any other positive alternative behaviour (values) to perform human way of parenthood, i.e. deliberately co-parenting of those children those are born out of ignorance, real poverty. All of us are being driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people ever be able to bring that genuine freedom (from vicious cycle of ‘poverty’) in their own life/attitude, involve themselves in ‘Production of Space’(Henri Lefebvre), at least initiate a movement by heart, decent & dedicated Politics will definitely come up.
    – Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, 16/4, Girish Banerjee Lane, Howrah-711101, India.

  8. i am chinese says:

    all countries are corrupt ,all think their countries more corrupt 。why?only when we live in our countries can we view the truth

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