Category Archives: Corruption in China

Corruption in China

27 MARCH 2019

China expels ex-Interpol chief from Communist Party

While Chinese authorities accuse former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei of taking bribes, his high-profile disappearance has raised concerns about the reach President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft campaign

20 FEBRUARY 2019

China’s former military chief of staff Fang Fenghui jailed for life for corruption

Fang Fenghui, who was appointed to the top post in People’s Liberation Army in 2012, was convicted of accepting and offering bribes, and having an unclear source of a huge amount of assets, the news agency Xinhua reported

27 DECEMBER 2018

Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian jailed for life over corruption

Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian was jailed for life over corruption, a court in northeastern China announced Thursday

26 DECEMBER 2018

Former Sinochem general manager Cai Xiyou jailed for 12 years for corruption; latest official to fall in China’s crackdown

A Chinese court has found Cai Xiyou, the former general manager of state-owned Sinochem Group, one of the world’s largest chemical conglomerates, guilty of corruption on Wednesday, sentencing him to 12 years in prison

15 DECEMBER 2015

Xi Jinping declares ‘overwhelming victory’ over graft

Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an “overwhelming victory” in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported

16 OCTOBER 2018

Former Chinese military chief of staff expelled from CPC

The expulsion of Fang Fenghui, former member of CMC and former chief of staff of the CMC Joint Staff Department, was approved by the CPC Central Committee

30 JULY 2018

China’s prosecutors charge former top internet censor with corruption

China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei has been charged with taking a “huge amount” of bribes, the top prosecutor’s office announced on Monday

8 MAY 2018

China: Former political star Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life

A former senior Communist Party official who was once tipped to become the future president of China has been sentenced to life imprisonment for bribery on Tuesday

9 JANUARY 2018

Chinese military to prosecute former top general for graft

State-run news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday that former chief of joint staff Fang Fenghui was suspected of taking and giving bribes and would be handed over to military prosecutors

15 OCTOBER 2017

China expels former justice minister Wu Aiying from party for graft

Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year, according to her official resume, and one of only a handful of senior female officials in China

24 JULY 2017

Ex-Chongqing Communist Party boss Sun Zhengcai under investigation for corruption

The former Chongqing Communist Party boss, Sun Zhengcai, once considered a top contender for a role in China’s next leadership ­line-up, is under investigation by the party’s top anti-graft agency, state-run Xinhua ­reported on Monday

14 JUNE 2017

Chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance reportedly detained

The chairman of an influential Chinese insurance company has stepped down after domestic media reported that he had been detained as authorities pursue a sweeping campaign against alleged corruption in the financial industry

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


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


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


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?

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


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


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.


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:


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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’s-investigates-former-security-czar’s-right-hand-man-30348.html


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.