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All crackdowns are not equal

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When politicians stake out the high moral ground and announce a crackdown, it can be a smokescreen for business as usual, or it can mean they really mean business. 

Youth activists campaign against graft early last year. Like several of its East Asian neighbours, Thailand is faced with corrupt bureaucratic practices. THITI WANNAMONTHA

China's incoming top leader Xi Jinping has signalled to the media that he wants to cut back on banquets, but it is too soon to say if this means the anti-corruption campaign of the communist party led is for real, or just a smokescreen for managing public opinion while consolidating power.

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