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China Daily | Updated:2017-03-21 07:30Criminal justice: Felons convicted of serious corruption would be prohibited from seeking shorter sentences, under a third reading of the draft amendment to the Criminal Law. The amendment aims to “safeguard judicial fairness”.[Photo/China Daily]IN SOME AUDI 4S dealerships, different customers are treated differently. For instance, civil servants enjoy a 1 or 2 percent discount. This is a form of corruption, Beijing News commented on Monday:The original media reports emphasized whether or not such conduct is a form of discrimination. According to the anti-monopoly law in China, it is still hard to tell whether it is improper or not for 4S stores to charge different prices to different groups of customers.
However, what is even more striking is the preferential discounts for civil servants.
Strictly speaking, the preferential treatment in the 4S stores is given not only to officials but also to elite professionals such as listed company employees, professors and doctors. Obviously, these professional groups are carefully selected by the 4S shops and the preferential treatment is meant to encourage them to buy vehicles of the Audi brand.
In sociological and political terms, these elites are classified differently. The Audi 4S shops, however, categorize these customers from a business perspective customized for Chinese society.
But no matter how the preferential price strategy is designed, a special discount for civil servants seems to be a kind of corruption.
The 4S stores are permitted to have their own price strategies, including preferential perks for some customers. But it is problematic if those customers enjoying favorable treatment are civil servants.
There should be a clear line that should not be crossed in the relations between companies and governments. The government makes policies and ensures their implementation, and the companies run their businesses accordingly. No interests should be shared between the two.Related StoriesFrom overseas media: Top courts work report and anti-corruption driveChina reiterates zero tolerance toward corruptionNPC to enhance anti-corruption legislationSociety: Young judge handles corruption casesCartoonsThe right-wing surge in EuropeFar-right election challengeBrexitWorld Consumer Rights DayLoneliness among childrenTree planting dayMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsShould bride prices be abolished?Can homeschooling replace public schools?ColumnistsChange of attitude needed to ensure EUs lasting successSchool scandal puts nationalist lobby group in the spotlightForumFeatured ContributorsAn Americans perspective on Premier Lis press conferenceChina data batch: A strong start to 2017China Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersHumanity in the eyes of an orphanLooking for true meaning, rather than photo opsBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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