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China Corruption Blotter (December 26, 2013)

Renmin University of China confirmed that the former head of its student admission office, Cai Rongsheng, is under investigation for bribery. He was caught at the immigration checkpoint in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province while trying to flee to Canada. Cai allegedly accepted bribes to enroll students in the university.

Zhou Xuelan, executive director of an unnamed real estate company in Hainan province, was sentenced to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve for bribery. Zhou confessed to offering bribes of $114,897 to Shi Chunhai, former deputy head of Ledong County in order to win land-use permits.

Hao Jiukuan, former head of the Demolition and Relocation Office at Capital Normal University, received a ten and a half year jail term for accepting nearly $20,000 in bribes while overseeing university demolition and construction projects. Hao was convicted of accepting bribes from relocated residents in exchange for higher compensations and to facilitate project approval for Beijing Urban Hongda Chaiqian Engineering Co., Ltd.

Guo Youming, deputy governor of Hubei Province, has been placed under investigation for serious discipline and law violations. Guo was in charge of land, water and agriculture for the Three Gorges Dam Project and North-South Water Transfer Project. Local media have linked his downfall to financial irregularities discovered in local private company Yichang Three Gorges Quantong Coated and Galvanized Plate Co., Ltd.

Xu Jie, deputy chief of the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, has been dismissed from his post following a disciplinary probe. Details of the violations are unclear. The petitions office has been known for a range of wrongdoings from corruption to abusive treatment of petitioners.

Xu Mengjia and Pu Zhong, the party chief and vice mayor of Ya’an city in Sichuan province, were reportedly taken away by discipline authorities for unspecified crimes. Xu was removed from his post while Pu remains in his position. Unnamed sources have linked their downfall to local whistleblower reports as well as the detention of former Yingjing County party chief, Cai Zhong. Cai was was placed under investigation in September for using public funds to purchase luxury government offices.


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

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