A trademark of Xi Jinping’s governing style is his determination to combat corruption with an iron fist, regardless of the status of the perpetrator. As early as 1988 in Ningde, Fujian Province, Xi led a successful drive to end illegal land occupation.
Xi Jinping was the Party chief of the CPC Ningde Prefectural Committee from 1988 to 1990, despite being the youngest member on the committee.
Shortly after taking office, Xi spent a month in villages, companies, schools and government departments to conduct surveys. People told him that some officials illegally used public land to build their own houses. Xi was determined to stop the illegal land occupation. He led a team on the first steps of an anti-corruption drive in Ningde.
Xi commented on this when interviewed in 2003: