In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, retired employees of a government office play cards at an old hospital administration building in Xilinhot in northern China’s Inner Mon

 

              In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, retired employees of a government office play cards at an old hospital administration building in Xilinhot in northern China’s Inner Mon
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, retired employees of a government office play cards at an old hospital administration building in Xilinhot in northern China’s Inner Mongolia. In the small town where sheep and cattle easily outnumber humans, a deputy chief paid three times an average urban resident's annual salary to become its police chief. Buying and selling office is so rampant in China that it has eroded public trust in officialdom, undermining the ruling Communist Party’s image as an institute that promotes the competent, not the connected. Even though Chinese leaders have vowed to eradicate the practice, it has showed no sign of abatement. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)