26 JANUARY 2017
Can China be the next anti-corruption success story, after Hong Kong and Singapore?
Tony Kwok says Beijing’s plan to set up a super agency to combat the scourge is a big step in the right direction, and shows it is adopting best practices from elsewhere
29 DECEMBER 2016
China’s senior general Wang Jianping being investigated for bribery
A Chinese general is being investigated for suspected bribery, the defence ministry said on Thursday (Dec 29), a man connected to the jailed former domestic security chief and one of the most senior incumbent military officials to be targeted for graft
28 OCTOBER 2016
Chinese Communist Party expels two former senior military officials over alleged graft
Fan Changmi was previously the political commissar for the Lanzhou Military Area Command, while Niu Zhizhong was formerly a deputy commander of the People’s Armed Police
9 OCTOBER 2016
Former Communist Party boss of Yunnan Bai Enpei province to spend life behind bars
A former Communist Party boss of Yunnan province has been given a suspended death sentence for corruption, the harshest penalty imposed on a senior official arrested since President Xi Jinping launched his anti-graft drive in late 2012
30 SEPTEMBER 2016
China jails former Communist Party chief of Guangzhou Wan Qingliang for corruption
A Chinese court has jailed for life Wan Qingliang, former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou, after finding him guilty of corruption
7 SEPTEMBER 2016
Luxury clubs closed in China amid graft crackdown
Scores of luxury clubs in China have been forced to shut down or downgrade, media said, as Beijing’s anti-corruption drive continues to bite
25 JULY 2016
Chinese Gen Guo Boxiong sentenced to life for corruption
Guo Boxiong, once head of a powerful military committee, has been sentenced for life for taking ‘massive’ bribes. He is the highest military figure to be jailed as part of President Xi’s fervent corruption campaign
4 JULY 2016
Ling Jihua, former Chinese presidential aide of Hu Jintao, sentenced to life in prison
Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide to former president Hu Jintao, has been sentenced to life in prison for taking more than 77 million yuan (HK$89 million) in bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, mainland state media reported on Monday
15 JUNE 2016
China: Disgraced Zhou Yongkang’s son and wife are jailed
The son and wife of imprisoned former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang have been jailed after they were found guilty of corruption, officials say
13 MAY 2016
Ling Jihua, former right-hand man of ex-president Hu Jintao, charged with graft
Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top aide to ex-President Hu Jintao on charges of taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, state media reported Friday, in the latest high-profile blow in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping crackdown on corruption
7 MARCH 2016
China Communist party punished nearly 300,000 for graft in 2015
China’s ruling Communist Party punished nearly 300,000 of its members last year for corruption, its graft watchdog said amid a wide-ranging crackdown by President Xi Jinping on official malfeasance
4 FEBRUARY 2016
Sichuan governor removed from post
Wei Hong has been removed from his posts as governor and vice Party chief of Sichuan province for « serious violations of discipline, » the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced on Thursday.
20 JANUARY 2016
Former Xinjiang party chief Yang Gang jailed for corruption
Former Communist Party chief in China’s Xinjiang region Yang Gang has been jailed for 12 years for corruption, state media report.
12 JANUARY 2015
China’s ex-deputy police chief jailed for 15 years: state media
China has jailed former vice public security minister Li Dongsheng for 15 years, state media reported on Tuesday, the latest official tied to ousted security tsar Zhou Yongkang to be sentenced for corruption offences.
12 DECEMBER 2015
China anti-corruption cases have quadrupled since 2013, study says
In Chinese business and political circles, conversations frequently return to a familiar question: When will President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign end? http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-anti-corruption-cases-have-quadrupled-2013-study-says
12 OCTOBER 2015
Former China energy chief Jiang Jiemin jailed for corruption
The former chief of China’s biggest oil firm has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for accepting bribes, state media said
29 SEPTEMBER 2015
China expels Supreme Court deputy justice over corruption
A former justice of China’s Supreme Court is facing possible corruption charges, and has been stripped of membership in the ruling Communist Party and fired from all public positions
10 AUGUST 2015
Chinese General Gu Junshan gets suspended death sentence for graft
A senior Chinese military officer has been handed a suspended death sentence for corruption after he was exposed as owning dozens of homes, gold statues and luxury liquor, state media said.
11 JUNE 2015
China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption
China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule
7 APRIL 2015
China corruption: Nanjing mayor jailed for 15 years
A Chinese court sentenced a former mayor of Nanjing to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for accepting bribes, the latest senior official to be jailed in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping campaign against graft
3 APRIL 2015
China ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang charged with bribery, abuse of power, leaking secrets
China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been charged with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, making him the most senior official being prosecuted in decades
28 FEBRUARY 2015
China jails former vice-governor as anti-corruption drive continues
Ni Fake found guilty of taking more than $2m in bribes, as senior military official loses immunity from prosecution by being booted from parliament
16 FEBRUARY 2015
Top China official to face prosecution for corruption
Former senior official Su Rong has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption and faces prosecution, said the country’s top anti-corruption body
9 FEBRUARY 2015
China executes ‘mafia-style’ mining tycoon Liu Han
Chinese authorities on Monday executed a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, himself the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, state media reported
16 JANUARY 2015
Chinese spy chief Ma Jian placed under graft probe, authorities confirm
« Vice-minister and member of the party committee of the State Security Ministry Ma Jian has been put under investigation for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws, » the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said
15 JANUARY 2015
PLA officers placed under investigation
Liu Zheng, deputy head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Logistics Department, is under investigation for suspected legal violations, the PLA said on Thursday
7 JANUARY 2015
More than 70,000 officials punished for violating frugality rules in 2014
A total of 71,748 Chinese officials were punished in 2014 for violating the eight point anti-graft rules, the top antigraft body said Wednesday.
5 JANUARY 2015
Communist chief of China’s Nanjing city probed
« Nanjing city party secretary Yang Weize, suspected of severe violations of discipline and law, is now under investigation, » the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement late Sunday.
28 DECEMBER 2014
Chinese princelings not targeted… for now
Among the various officials and party cadres who have fallen in China’s anti-corruption campaign, one group stands conspicuously missing: princelings
10 DECEMBER 2014
Liu Tienan: Top Chinese economist jailed over bribery
Liu Tienan, a former top economic official, has been jailed for life in China for accepting millions of dollars in bribes, state media report.
6 DECEMBER 2014
Despite Crackdown, Corruption Seen as Worsening
Despite Xi Jinping’s well-publicized anti-graft campaign that has led to the fall of numerous corrupt officials including former security czar Zhou Yongkang, who has been officially expelled from the CCP and arrested on graft-related charges, China’s position on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index has deteriorated in the past twelve months. Simon Denyer at The Washington Post reports:
5 DECEMBER 2014
China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang
Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
4 DECEMBER 2014
PLA general probed for corruption
China’s military is investigating another top officer in its widening crackdown on corruption, a woman major-general with a senior post at an army university, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Thursday
3 DECEMBER 2014
President of China’s Sinopec oil services unit dismissed amid investigation
Xue Wandong, the president of Sinopec Oilfield Services Corp (SOSC), was relieved of his duties by the company’s party apparatus, Xinhua said on its Weibo social media account. He is being investigated for reasons that were not specified
1 DECEMBER 2014
Chinese military targets corruption
The Chinese military is beefing up supervision to fight corruption in its ranks with detailed regulations, which analysts said will be crucial in preventing graft-related crimes. The areas being targeted – including project construction and medical and weapons procurement – are involved in more than 90 per cent of the corruption in the military, an official with the military procuratorate said
24 NOVEMBER 2014
China corruption watchdog launches inspections, eyes Sinopec
China’s corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises and government bodies including China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner, state media said
6 NOVEMBER 2014
Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China visit
Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog has said.
4 NOVEMBER 2014
Corruption said to be rampant in China’s sports sector
The mainland sacked a number of senior officials and players for match-fixing and bribery in soccer games two years ago, but the latest official statement suggests the problem of graft in the sector is more widespread.
28 OCTOBER 2014
China ex-general admits taking bribes for promotions
Xu Caihou, formerly China’s second-highest ranking officer as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, « was found taking advantage of his position to assist the promotion of other people », Xinhua news agency said, citing military prosecutors
17 OCTOBER 2014
China rail official given death sentence for corruption
Zhang Shuguang was found guilty by a court in Beijing of taking bribes of more than 47m yuan ($7.7m; £4.8m) over 11 years.
5 SEPTEMBRE 2014
China’s anti-graft campaign to last ‘at least 5 years’
China’s anti-corruption chief said the central government’s ongoing campaign against extravagance and corruption will continue for at least five years.
30 AUGUST 2014
China’s experience with graft: The good and the bad
Nowhere is it so markedly distinctive as in his determination to fight China’s widespread corruption. Mr Xi’s war against corruption, first launched in December 2012 to catch both « flies » (low-level offenders) and « tigers » (high-level corrupt officials), is still going on unabated. It has netted more than 40 high-profile « tigers » or officials and executives of state-owned enterprises equivalent to ministerial and provincial-governor rank
29 JULY 2014
China begins corruption inquiry into former security chief Zhou Yongkang
Zhou is most senior Chinese politician to be linked to corruption scandal since Communist party came to power in 1949
21 JULY 2014
Tianjin police chief investigated for corruption
The police chief of China’s Tianjin city is being investigated for corruption, authorities said, the third senior security official in the northern port to be targeted for graft in eight years
30 JUNE 2014
Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused
One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
27 JUNE 2014
Chief of China’s Guangzhou ‘investigated for graft’
The Communist chief of China’s sixth-biggest city Guangzhou is being investigated for corruption, Beijing said Friday, the latest official to fall in a high profile campaign against graft
25 JUNE 2014
China corruption: Communist Party’s Su Rong sacked
China’s most senior serving politician to be investigated for corruption since President Xi Jinping took power has been sacked.
14 JUNE 2014
China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’
Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption
8 JUNE 2014
China investigation finds 1,000 ‘naked officials’ in Guangdong
An investigation in China has revealed that more than 1,000 officials in the southern province of Guangdong have spouses or children living abroad
23 MAY 2014
Death sentence for Chinese mining tycoon
The death sentences for Liu Han and his brother Liu Wei were the first in trials of their 36-member gang by a court in the central province of Hubei, the Xinhua agency said
22 MAY 2014
China corruption fight turns on ‘naked officials’ with family overseas
China has removed a senior »naked official », one whose spouse and children have emigrated, from his post in the southern province of Guangdong, state media reported on Thursday, as the government’s anti-graft campaign turns its focus to a group it sees as a corruption risk.
25 APRIL 2014
Fourteen NPC members sacked or resign over corruption
Fourteen senior officials at Chinese state-owned companies and in the government, all of them members of the 12th National People’s Congress, have been dismissed or have stood down for « serious violation of discipline and law » — a term usually signifying corruption
15 APRIL 2014
Dongguan legislator detained amid sex trade crackdown
Liang Yaohui, a deputy to the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, was detained on Monday by local police for the suspected crime of organizing prostitution, police in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province announced via its official microblog
9 APRIL 2014
China sacks former security chief Zhou Yongkang’s associate
The Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said that Guo Yongxiang, a former vice-governor of Sichuan province, had been expelled from the party and removed from office
1 APRIL 2014
China corruption purge claims top general Gu Junshan
China has court-martialled a senior former army officer in the biggest corruption scandal to engulf the People’s Liberation Army, a move that could foreshadow the unprecedented criminal prosecutions of other leading military and Communist Party officials
30 MARCH 2014
China seizes $14.5bn assets from Zhou Yongkang family and associates – report
Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5bn from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, according to Reuters news agency
20 MARCH 2014
Former top China army officer under house arrest in graft probe
A top retired Chinese general has been put under virtual house arrest while he assists with an investigation into the military’s worst corruption scandal in almost a decade, two sources said, an indication the probe might be expanding
9 MARCH 2014
China investigates Yunnan vice governor Shen Peiping
Shen Peiping, vice governor of Yunnan in the southwest, was suspected of « serious disciplinary and legal violations », the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a one-sentence statement on its website
24 FEBRUARY 2014
China sacks security vice-minister Li Dongsheng
China says it has formally sacked the former vice-minister of its public security office, Li Dongsheng.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
China tycoon Liu Han charged for ‘mafia-style’ crimes
A Chinese court has charged a tycoon with crimes including murder, intentional injury and organising a « mafia-style gang », state media report.
19 FEBRUARY 2014
Chinese Vice Governor Subject of Corruption Probe
China’s Communist Party has announced a corruption probe into another ex-associate of retired senior politician Zhou Yongkang, who himself is the subject of a rumored investigation
5 FEBRUARY 2014
China’s anti-graft agency to widen net
China’s top anti-graft agency has pledged to punish both corrupt officials and their leaders who failed to supervise them effectively amid the agency’s efforts to boost clean governance
30 JANUARY 2014
Chinese Communist Party expels Nanjing mayor
Ji Jianye was found to have « received a huge amount of money and gifts either by himself or through his family members », the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement posted on its website
29 JANUARY 2014
China Convicts Two More Anti-Corruption Activists
China’s ruling Communist Party is continuing its crackdown on government critics by convicting two more anti-corruption activists. A Beijing court on Wednesday found Hou Xin and Yuan Dong guilty of « gathering a crowd to disturb public order. »
23 JANUARY 2014
How Serious is Xi Jinping’s Corruption Campaign?
People at the very top of the communist party – except those who stuck their heads up – aren’t touched
China blocks foreign news sites that revealed elite’s offshore holdings
The blocking of foreign news sites that revealed details of offshore holdings by the relatives of senior leaders has continued in China as reports emerged of a propaganda directive ordering websites and services to target users posting on the subject.
22 JANUARY 2014
Chinese leaders’ riches cloaked in offshore tax havens, report says
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report said the documents show almost 22,000 clients of offshore companies and banks have addresses in mainland China and Hong Kong, including at least 15 of China’s richest men and women, members of the National People’s Congress and executives of state-owned companies
19 JANUARY 2014
China’s former PM denies role in family’s ‘hidden riches’
Wen Jiabao, the former Chinese premier whose relatives were accused of amassing a $2.7 billion fortune in 2012, tells Hong Kong columnist: « I want to leave this world clean. »
16 JANUARY 2014
Chinese general arrested for gilded lifestyle
Gu Junshan, a former lieutenant general and deputy logistics chief with great influence within the People’s Liberation Army, was arrested after an investigation into his personal affairs.
5 JANUARY 2014
China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft
China investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November, state media said Sunday.
30 DECEMBER 2013
China holds ex-security chief’s colleague over graft
Li Chongxi, chairman of the Sichuan province Political Consultative Conference is being probed for « suspected severe violation of discipline and the law », the ruling party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said.
28 DECEMBER 2013
500 local Chinese lawmakers resign in fraud scandal
More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, as Beijing ramps up its sweeping anti-corruption crackdown, state media reported Saturday.
25 DECEMBER 2013
China vice police minister sacked: Communist Party
Li Dongsheng, formerly a vice minister of public security, was removed from his various posts for « severe violations of discipline », according to an official circular reported by the state Xinhua agency.
20 DECEMBER 2013
China investigates deputy minister
No details were given in the one-sentence announcement about Li Dongsheng, who was placed under investigation by the ruling Communist party’s disciplinary body. However, such investigations usually relate to alleged corruption and abuse of power.
13 DECEMBER 2013
Analysts: China Corruption Crackdown Lacks Independence
In the first year of his administration, Chinese President Xi Jinping has touted a high-profile effort to root out graft. His efforts to cut government waste and go after high-ranking officials have won him praise, but some say much more needs to be donen check.
11 DECEMBER 2013
China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources
China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.
26 OCTOBER 2013
China, corruption and the court intrigues of Nanjing
What really lay behind the sacking of Ji Jianye, mayor of one of China’s largest and booming cities?http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/26/china-corruption-nanjing-ji-jianye-mayor
24 OCTOBER 2013
Chinese daily takes on police over jailed reporter
A Chinese newspaper made a bold front-page appeal on Thursday – for a second day – urging the authorities to release one of its journalists after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a state-owned construction company.
23 OCTOBER 2013
China’s global war against press freedom
Over the past five years the Chinese government has expanded its campaign to constrain foreign news outlets from casting China in a negative light, according to a report released today by the non-government organization Freedom House
22 OCTOBER 2013
China says 99.9 per cent of graft defendants found guilty
Nearly 200,000 people were investigated for embezzlement or bribery between January 2008 and August this year, China’s top prosecutor, Cao Jianming, told the National People’s Congress parliament.
18 OCTOBER 2013
129 senior officials investigated in first 8 months
China’s prosecutorial agencies have placed 129 officials at the prefectural level or higher under investigation for suspected corruption and bribery in the first eight months of this year, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).
17 OCTOBER 2013
China, Nanjing mayor arrested on corruption charges
Ji Jianye removed from office and brought to Beijing for internal Party investigation. State media praise the new move against bribes, but former mayor’s closeness to powerful Jiang Zemin points to new battle for power within national political scene.
25 SEPTEMBER 2013
Bo Xilai Conviction Won’t Curb Chinese Corruption
Constitutional reforms, transparency, free speech are musts for China to fight corruption
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Corruption and the world’s biggest building
The New Century Global Centre is the biggest building in the world; 16 Wembley stadiums could fit underneath its vast roof.
6 SEPTEMBER 2013
China, one child policy ‘breeds corruption in the Party’
In the last year, Chinese officials for family planning have collected 16.5 billion yuan. A lawyer trying to figure out where does this money: « They should be used to repay public services, but disappear into thin air. Even the audit for the government knows where they are really. «
5 SEPTEMBER 2013
China’s Smiling Safety Official Gets 14 Years in Jail
A Chinese official who ignited a national controversy when he was caught smiling at the scene of a deadly bus crash has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. Yang Dacai was founded « guilty of taking bribes and holding a large amount of property which he cannot account for. » Yang, who did not contest the charges, was also fined about $8,000
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
China’s Ex-Security Chief Helping Probe, not Target
China’s former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the country’s most powerful politicians of the last decade, is helping authorities in a corruption probe and, contrary to media reports, is not currently the target of the investigation, sources told Reuters.
1 SEPTEMBER 2013
China investigating corruption allegations against state asset regulator Jiang Jiemin
A move to bring down Zhou Yongkang, the widely-feared former head of China’s security apparatus, has claimed the scalp of one of his senior lieutenants, the former chairman of the giant oil monopoly China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/01/china-accuses-state-assets-chief
30 AUGUST 2013
Trial for China’s ‘smiling official’ Yang Dacai
A Chinese official who sparked an outcry after images showed him grinning at the scene of a fatal bus crash has pleaded guilty to corruption charges.
25 AUGUST 2013
Justice obstructed by brokers
23 AUGUST 2913
Chinese court releases video of Bo Xilai’s wife testifying against him
Video footage released by a court in east China shows Gu Kailai testifying against her husband, disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai, who is currently on the second day of his trial on Friday. The 64-year-old former Communist party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been charged with illegally taking almost 27 million yuan (£2.8m), corruption and abuse of power
China tries to cover up giant corruption scandal in Nepal
Nepali authorities detain 22 senior Nepali officials as well as 2 Chinese suppliers who worked with the state electricity company following an unprecedented operation by Anti-Corruption Commission. The identity of the Chinese company involved is still unknown, but Beijing is concerned the story might discredit its electrical product exports.
22 AUGUST 2013
Bo Xilai: Disgraced politician goes on trial in China
The trial of Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician once tipped for the highest levels of power, has begun. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23776348 http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bo-xilai-denies-taking-bribes/1734705.html
9 AUGUST 2013
China sacks top economic official Liu Tienan
Liu Tienan, formerly deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, « accepted huge amounts of bribes », Xinhua news agency reported.
29 JULY 2013
2,290 disciplined for excessive extravagance
More than 2,000 Party and government officials have been punished as of late June for breaking new Party rules against extravagance and excess formality, an official from China’s top anti-graft agency said on Monday 29.
23 JULY 2013
China bans construction of government buildings
China has banned the construction of government buildings for five years as another step in a frugality drive aimed at calming public anger over corruption.
22 JULY 2013
GlaxoSmithKline admits some staff in China involved in bribery
Abbas Hussain, the drug maker’s head of emerging markets who was dispatched to Shanghai to oversee the crisis, apologised to the Chinese authorities and promised the company was taking the charges « extremely seriously ».
17 JULY 2013
Xinhua journalist accuses China official of ‘huge graft’
A journalist with China’s official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday accused the head of a key state-owned firm of « corruption involving a huge amount ». http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130717-438031.html
Chinese whistleblower blinded in acid attack
An amateur Chinese whistleblower, who spent his free time embarrassing Communist party officials by posting pictures of their luxury cars on the internet, was rammed by a car, blinded with acid, and deprived of two of his fingers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10184412/Chinese-whistleblower-blinded-in-acid-attack.html
16 JULY 2013
China crackdown on corruption campaigners
Three Chinese activists campaigning for officials to disclose their assets will be put on trial in a co-ordinated crackdown that underscores the limits of an anti-corruption push by the new government. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/16/chinese-crackdown-corruption-campaigners
8 JULY 2013
China ex-rail minister given suspended death sentence
A Chinese court has given former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence for corruption and abuse of power, state media report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23222240 http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/08/two-buddhists-jailed-for-murder-in-burmese-religious-riots/
5 JULY 2013
China’s Anti-Corruption Drive Uncovers Scandals
China’s high-profile anti-corruption push continues to make headlines, with a regular stream of officials brought down for abusing power http://www.voanews.com/content/china-anti-corruption-drive-uncovers-scandals/1695689.html
3 JULY 2013
China sacks regional party official Wang Suyi
China has sacked a top regional party official for suspected « disciplinary violations », state media report. Wang Suyi was formerly head of Inner Mongolia’s United Front Work Department. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23156908
30 JUNE 2013
China expels legislator for violating discipline
The National People’s Congress said it took the action against Zhou Wenbin on Saturday following an investigation, the Xinhua News Agency said. No details were given, although the charge of violating discipline is usually shorthand for bribery, embezzlement, the selling of offices or other forms of corruption. http://asiancorrespondent.com/110036/china-expels-legislator-for-violating-discipline/
26 MAY 2013
Corrupt Chinese officials turn to ‘black’ PR
In the middle of the biggest anti-corruption campaign for years, crooked Chinese politicians are paying to vanish from sight, with all negative stories about them scrubbed from the internet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10081431/Corrupt-Chinese-officials-turn-to-black-PR.html
20 MAY 2013
Corruption in China, Checked and balanced? http://www.economist.com/blogs/analects/2013/05/corruption-china?fsrc=rss&utm_source=feedly
14 MAY 2013
Fallen energy chief Liu Tienan okayed 50+ projects in final 3 months
Liu Tienan, the former Chinese energy chief who has been placed under investigation for corruption, approved more than 50 energy projects within the last three months of his tenure at the National Energy Administration, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130514000136&cid=1103
Axe falls on deputy police chief of Chongqing
The former deputy police chief of Chongqing has been placed in detention on suspicion of taking £1.7 million in bribes, according to the Communist party’s mouthpiece. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10056587/Axe-falls-on-deputy-police-chief-of-Chongqing.html
12 MAY 2013
Top planning official Liu Tienan probed by anti-corruption committee
The deputy head of the mainland’s top economic planning agency has officially been placed under investigation by the Communist Party’s top graft-busting organ on suspicion of « serious discipline violations ». http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1236076/senior-china-planner-investigated-new-corruption-crackdown http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/world/asia/china-eyes-liu-tienan-an-official-challenged-by-a-journalist.html
25 APRIL 2013
Chinese official sacked after ‘citizen journalists’ expose extravagant banquet
Video and pictures of lavish dinner emerge after campaigners gatecrash event hosted by Communist boss in Jiangsu province http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/25/china-official-sacked-extravagant-banquet
19 APRIL 2013
Eight Anti-Corruption Activists Detained in China
Chinese authorities have detained eight anti-corruption activists over their participation in a signature drive that calls on central government officials to disclose their assets. Although there is widespread public support for officials to disclose such information, government efforts to promote the policy appear to be slowing. Rights lawyers in Beijing say the activists have been taken into custody in recent days on suspicion of unlawful assembly http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-corruption-activists-detained-in-china/1645053.html
10 APRIL 2013
Ex China rail minister Liu Zhijun charged with corruption
China has charged once-powerful former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun with corruption and abuse of power, state media has reported. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22089011 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134109418694786.html
6 APRIL 2013
Can China’s new government end corruption?
Li Keqiang, the new premier of China, vowed to “tackle corruption” and “clear government,” which includes — mind you — most schools, hospitals, banks, universities, companies, public transport, the courts and the police. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/04/06/commentary/can-chinas-new-government-end-corruption/?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_229987869#%2EUV7v7KLcmrI
24 MARCH 2013
Former PetroChina chairman detained for corruption
Jiang Jiemin, the former chairman of PetroChina, China’s biggest oil producer, has been detained by central discipline authorities for corruption, reports Boxun, a citizen journalism website that often makes claims that are difficult to prove. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130324000089&cid=1101
21 MARCH 2013
Why China’s Corruption Is So Hard to Clean Up
Corrupt Hubei official linked to Zhou Yongkang arrested
Wu Yongwen, deputy director of the standing committee of the Hubei Provincial People’s Congress, has become the second deputy provincial or ministerial-level official since the country’s leadership transition to be detained by the authorities for corruption http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130321000076&cid=1101
4 MARCH 2013
Chinese ex-police detained while trying to stamp out corruption
« More than 70 police raided our (guest house), » said former policeman He Zuhua. « Police are everywhere. » He says he and a handful of former police officers are being pursued and detained by authorities after traveling to the capital to help shine a light on corruption within their ranks http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/04/17180627-chinese-ex-police-detained-while-trying-to-stamp-out-corruption?lite
14 FEBRUARY 2013
‘Hero’s Welcome’ for Corrupt Official
A former Shanxi official gets a warm reception from business leaders and Chinese Communist Party members upon his release from jail. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/graft-02142013122807.html
24 JANUARY 2013
As anti-corruption fight gets underway, party officials withdraw money from banks
China’s new leader Xi Jinping ends the meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection by reiterating his commitment to fight graft and moral decay. Many Communist officials react by withdrawing foreign cash from banks and selling off their real estate. Five-year plan against corruption will not work, experts say. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-anti-corruption-fight-gets-underway,-party-officials-withdraw-money-from-banks-26951.html
14 DECEMBER 2012
Chinese governor charged over opium fuelled lifestyle
Yang Hongwei, the former governor of Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture in south-west China, was in the dock on Thursday accused of taking some 10.11 million yuan (£1m) in bribes and using the money to purchase 17 properties in Yunnan province and six in Melbourne, Australia.
6 DECEMBER 2012
Investigation into Sichuan deputy chief Li Chuncheng confirmed
China’s official news agency Xinhua has confirmed that Li Chuncheng, the deputy Communist Party secretary of Sichuan province, is under investigation for « alleged discipline violation » by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, making him the first senior party official to be probed for corruption since new party general secretary Xi Jinping took over from Hu Jintao last month.
5 DECEMBER 2012
China Targets Top Sichuan Official in Anti-graft Drive
China’s anti-corruption commission has begun an inquiry into a top official in the southwestern province of Sichuan, state media reported Wednesday. He’s the most senior person to be investigated since Xi Jinping became Communist Party leader last month
12 NOVEMBER 2012
In China, corruption is hot topic at party congress
Leaders from President Hu Jintao on down to regional party chiefs have issued warnings against graft and called for public disclosure of officials’ assets.
3 NOVEMBER 2012
Chinese Communist Party’s mounting battle against graft
Even as the government crows about its relentless crackdown on graft – 660,000 officials have been found guilty since 2007, or 360 a day – a series of scandals exposed online in recent months has greatly embarrassed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
29 OCTOBER 2012
More officials probed for graft
From January to August, prosecutors across the country had investigated 12.7 percent more officials, for crimes related to their office, from a year ago, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
26 OCTOBER 2012
Bo Xilai formally placed under investigation
Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician, has been formally placed under investigation « for alleged criminal offences », after he was stripped of his legal immunity and expelled from the country’s parliament. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9637320/Bo-Xilai-formally-placed-under-investigation.html
8 OCTOBER 2012
Over 660,000 officials get punished for corruption
The Communist Party of China’s anti-corruption agencies have punished more than 660,000 officials found guilty of disciplinary violations in the past five years, senior leader He Guoqiang announced on Monday.
29 SEPTEMBER 2012
Chinese Public Doubts Beijing’s Pledges to Fight Corruption
By detailing the extent of disgraced politician Bo Xilai’s abuses, China’s communist leadership has taken a hard stance on corruption, but many commentators in China say they doubt whether the case will lead to fundamental change in China
Bo Xilai expelled from top legislature
The Standing Committee of Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress has decided to remove Bo Xilai from his post as deputy to the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature
29 AUGUST 2012
Chinese official ‘flees country with £20m public money’
Wang Guoqiang, the party secretary in Liaoning province’s Fengcheng, is believed to have fled China in April although the case only came to the public eye this week after online speculation about his whereabouts — and bank balance.
27 JULY 2012
China jails former top FDA official
Zhang Jingli, former deputy director of the State Food and Drug Administration, China’s drug watchdog, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for taking bribes, fabricating charges against a superior and illegally selling a book he wrote.
26 JULY 2012
Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai charged with murdering Briton Neil Heywood
The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide have been charged with the murder of a British businessman, state news agency Xinhua has reported.
11 JULY 2012
‘Naked officials’ lay bare China’s graft
Corruption is a fact of life in China. As China’s economy has grown rapidly over the past three decades, the opportunities for unscrupulous officials to amass private fortunes have proliferated. At the same time, the standard of living for the majority of Chinese citizens has greatly improved along with China’s economy. Some level of corruption has been tolerated, so long as the rising tide continued to lift all boats. However, there remains one type of corrupt officials whose excesses are so great as to expose the political shortcomings of China, and threaten the very stability of the nation itself
25 JUNE 2012
China’s Corruption: A Reporter Looks Back
A onetime Communist Party “corruption fighter”, Li Changchun, may now be part of China’s corruption problem.
25 JUNE 2012
Communist Party leader warns politicians after Bo Xilai scandal
A top Communist Party leader has warned Chinese politicians to keep their spouses and children « in check » in the wake of the Neil Heywood scandal.
20 JUNE 2012
Top Chinese Officials accused of Academic Corruption
Chinese micro-bloggers have exposed massive academic corruption among top Chinese leaders and academic institutions. This brings into question the quality of many doctoral dissertations from top officials throughout the country.
18 JUNE 2012
China steps up efforts to keep officials from leaving country
China prosecutors say that 18,487 officials have been caught since 2000 while allegedly trying to flee overseas with ill-gotten gains, according to one report.
13 JUNE 2012
China jails former football chiefs for corruption
After an investigation that shamed Chinese football, Xie Yalong and Nan Yong, who had both previously run the national association, were each sentenced to ten-and-a-half years for taking bribes and ordered to pay 200,000 yuan (£20,000) in fines.
24 APRIL 2012
Ex-officials from restive Chinese village expelled from Communist Party
China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled two former top officials from a southern Chinese village where local residents rose up last year to protest corruption and abuses of land rights
27 MARCH 2012
Corruption is crucial threat, Wen says
« Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party, » Wen said at the State Council’s annual conference on anti-corruption work, adding that corruption may completely undermine the country’s political foundations if not handled properly
3 MARCH 2012
China’s rebel village holds council polls
Saturday’s vote for the committee governing Wukan went ahead with official approval after a long campaign by local people to end what they say was years of corrupt rule by Communist Party officials
16 FEBRUARY 2012
Top China football referee Lu Jun jailed over bribes
The man who was once China’s top football referee has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for taking bribes to fix matches http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17054150
3 FEBRUARY 2012
Chinese Communist Official: Only a « Freak » Would Turn Down Bribes
A Chinese Communist Party official from Sichuan Province has said that taking bribes is normal—and turning them down could make you seem like a « freak » in Communist political circles. The comments were made by the former vice mayor of the city of Meishan, Yu Zhiping. Yu’s description of bribery as normal and honesty as « freakish » came after his own corruption trial last year, over accusations of taking nearly half a million US dollars in bribes. The down-on-his-luck official also implied that he himself had taken his first bribe simply in order not to make the person offering it to him lose face http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-02-03/chinese-communist-official-only-a-freak-would-turn-down-bribes.html#video_section
6 JANUARY 2012
1,480 cases of illegal land grab, demolition handled in 2011: Supervision Minister
Almost 1,500 cases of illegal land appropriation and demolition were handled in the year 2011, and 509 people involved were held accountable, a senior official said on Friday