A study released this week shows corruption remains a big issue in East Asia.
The group Transparency International spoke with more than 20,000 people about their recent experiences with corruption in 16 Asian and Pacific countries.
The study finds that about 900 million people in 16 Asia-Pacific countries have made an illegal payment to a government official to receive services.
The group talked to 22,000 people between July 2015 and January 2017. About a third of those asked said they had paid a bribe in the last year.
The study found that police are the most likely officials to demand an illegal payment.
About 20 percent of those asked said they believed corruption had lessened. Forty percent said they believed it had worsened.
In China, almost three-quarters of those asked said corruption had worsened since the last Transparency International report on corruption in the Asia-Pacific was released in 2013.
Rukshana Nanayakkara works for the group in Singapore. He spoke to VOA this week about the report.
"A lot of people still don't trust their government when it comes to fighting corruption."
Nanayakkara says people in seven countries pay the most bribes.
"India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and China as well have very high bribe-paying rates."
Of those seven countries, he says one is clearly the worst.
"India and their government -- again, which came (into office) on an anti-corruption platform -- is doing very, very poorly in their fight against corruption. More than 65 percent of the people in India have to pay bribes in accessing public services. Anybody who lives in India wouldn't take it as a surprise -- it's a day-to-day reality of a lot of people. This is the same problem in Vietnam."
Nanayakkara says the study found that some nations, including Australia, do not have a corruption problem.
"Japan, South Korea and Thailand -- they all have (a) very low bribe-paying culture in the countries."
The group says corruption lessens the amount of food that people eat and prevents people from getting educated and receiving health care. It called on governments preparing their U.N. Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 to include anti-corruption targets along with a reduction in poverty and hunger and improvements in education and health care.
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透明国际组织(Transparency International)采访了2万多人，内容与他们近来跟16个亚太国家交涉的贪污腐败经历有关 。
该组织在2015年7月至2017年1月期间曾采访过2.2万人 。受访者中有近13的人说他们曾在去年有过贿赂行为 。
有20%的受访者表示他们认为贪污腐败的程度已经减轻 。另有40%表示他们认为暴力程度愈发恶化 。
纳纳亚克拉是透明国际组织驻新加坡办事处的工作人员 。他本周接受VOA采访时谈了自己对这次报告的观点 。
“印度及印度政府——再次躺枪，虽然他们是通过反贪污腐败平台走马上任的——但在抗击腐败方面做得非常非常差 。印度有超过65%的人为了获取公共服务而不得不进行贿赂 。居住在印度的任何人都不会对这一点感到吃惊——这就是印度人民的日常写照 。越南也有同样的问题 。”
透明国际组织还表示，贪污腐败让人们口粮不足，还妨碍了人们受教育以及接受医疗 。透明国际组织呼吁各国政府在向联合国提交的2030年可持续发展目标中囊括反贪污腐败的目标，以及减少贫穷饥饿、提升教育和医疗的目标 。
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