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Survey finds pervasive corruption in Asia hindering progress

  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, protesters hold cutouts of impeached President Park Geun-hye who is embroiled in a corruption scandal, during a protest in Seoul, South Korea. A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health by channeling resources away from those who need them. The survey, released Tuesday, March 7, 2017, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region had paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services like schooling and health care. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, protesters hold cutouts of impeached President Park Geun-hye who is embroiled in a corruption scandal, during a protest in Seoul, South Korea. A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health by channeling resources away from those who need them. The survey, released Tuesday, March 7, 2017, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region had paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services like schooling and health care. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, center, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea. Lee was later indicted on bribery charges. A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health by channeling resources away from those who need them. The survey, released Tuesday, March 7, 2017, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region had paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services like schooling and health care.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Lee Jae-yong, center, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, South Korea. Lee was later indicted on bribery charges. A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health by channeling resources away from those who need them. The survey, released Tuesday, March 7, 2017, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region had paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services like schooling and health care. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, discontinued Indian currency notes of 1,000 denomination are seen after they were exchanged at a bank in Bangalore, India, in a government effort to crack down on corruption by banning high-denomination currency notes.  A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health by channeling resources away from those who need them. The survey, released Tuesday, March 7, 2017, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region had paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services like schooling and health care.  (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, discontinued Indian currency notes of 1,000 denomination are seen after they were exchanged at a bank in Bangalore, India, in a government effort to crack down on corruption by banning high-denomination currency notes. A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health by channeling resources away from those who need them. The survey, released Tuesday, March 7, 2017, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region had paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services like schooling and health care. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)  (The Associated Press)

A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health in Asia by channeling resources away from those who need them.

The survey, released Tuesday, estimated that more than 900 million people in the region paid bribes in the past year to obtain basic public services such as schooling and health care.

Nearly seven in 10 Indians surveyed paid such bribes. While the rate of corruption was much lower in many countries, such practices were found even in relatively law-abiding nations such as Japan.

Only one in five of the 21,861 people surveyed in 16 countries or territories said they believed corruption had declined, while about 40 percent believed it was increasing.