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China Corruption Blotter (November 15, 2013)

Wu Zhanhui, formerly the deputy secretary-general of the Party Committee at Dongguan City (Guangdong province) and head of the Dongguan Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, is on trial for taking $8 million from the owner of Dongguan Hengtai Environmental Protection Equipment Co., Lai Hongzhong. The bribes were given to grant him an industrial waste treatment station contract. Wu was also found spending $12 million buying estate properties in Hong Kong via underground banks.

Tian Zhihui, the former chairman of Shandong Hong Ao Electric Science and Technology Co., Ltd, was sentenced to one year in prison with one-year suspension for paying $147,232 in bribes to two officials in exchange for government funds worth $491,038. Tian allegedly bribed former head of the general division of the Ministry of Finance’s enterprise department, Chen Zhubing, and former deputy chief engineer of China Electronics Standardization Institute, Bu Fanjin. Chen stood trial in March for accepting $4 million in bribes.

Chen Boyu, owner of Beijing Huatai Weiye Real Estate Development Co. and Beijing Huolu Real Estate Development Co., was sentenced to three years in prison with a three-year reprieve for bribing Ren Mingxin, former Miyun County office director of Beijing Land Consolidation and Reserve Centre, with property worth $668,000 in exchange for Ren’s assistance in carrying out land development programs. Ren has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking bribes.

Ji Jianye, the mayor of Nanjing in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, is under investigation for disciplinary violations. Details of his alleged misconduct have not been released but local reports say his arrest is related to the chairman of Suzhou Gold Mantis Construction Decoration Co., Ltd, Zhu Xingliang, who was detained in July. Ji reportedly awarded Zhu a number of government-funded construction and decoration projects.

The former general manager of PetroChina’s Indonesian operations, Wei Zhigang, is under investigation for corruption after being removed from his post several weeks ago amid an unspecified official probe. Reuters published reports on the probe, citing an anonymous source but did not specify details of his wrongdoing.

Xu Qianli, the former deputy head of Guangzhou Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau in Guangdong province was sentenced to 14 years in jail for bribery. Xu took $165,763 in bribes from construction contractors, including his mistress Wang Jun, in exchange for government-funded projects. He also paid $180,535 to former head of Guangzhou Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, Li Zhizhen, in return for Li’s help in keeping his part-time job in a local lottery management center. Wang Jun has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for bribing Xu with a payment of $116,527.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with the China Compliance Digest

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