Brill’s Encyclopedia of China

Get access

(1,521 words)

The Chinese term for corruption, fubai, primarily refers to the negative aspects of a system, organization, structure, or policy. When used with respect to a person or government, fubai signifies (moral) decay. The term is therefore essentially a moral one and refers to anything that is not congruent with the dominant moral conceptions. This can include criminal delinquencies of party and state functionaries, but also political and ideological errors, and transgressions against party norms or the currently dominant party l…

Cite this page
Heberer, Thomas, “Corruption”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

▲   Back to top   ▲