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China Corruption Blotter (January 23, 2014)

Huang Zhiguang, former vice chairman of the Shenzhen Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bribery and holding illegal weapons. Huang had accepted bribes to assist government officials in job promotions. He also helped Zhan Yuxiang, chairman of Guangdong Youhe Group Corp., with investment projects.

Cao Jianliao, vice mayor of Guangzhou, is under investigation for unspecified discipline violations. Sources say Cao’s downfall was related to land grabs and urban redevelopment projects in Guangzhou’s Tianhe district, where he used to serve as district head and party chief. Cao allegedly helped real estate developers obtain peasants’ land at low prices.

Zhu Fulin, former deputy mayor of Jinhua City in East China’s Zhejiang Province, was sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes worth $2.45 million. He was found guilty of abusing his position to seek benefits for bribe-givers in land developments, official appointments and companies’ environmental impact assessments.

Chu Jian, vice-president of Zhejiang University in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, was arrested for unspecified economic crimes. He had been in charge of the university’s logistics and personnel management before being arrested. Whistleblowers had accused Chu of stealing state assets during the IPO of university-affiliated Zhejiang Haina Science and Technology Co Ltd in 2008.

Chairman and party secretary of state-owned Zhengzhou Coal Industry Group Co., Meng Zhongze, has resigned after being detained by Henan provincial disciplinary authorities in a graft probe. Details of Meng’s wrongdoings were not immediately announced. Insiders believe Meng was linked to former chairman of Henan Hebi Coal Group, Li Yongxin, who was placed under investigation in 2010 for accepting bribes and stealing state assets.

Chen Zhubing, former general division head of the Ministry of Finance’s enterprise department, was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes totaling $4 million. Chen colluded with Bu Fanjin, former deputy chief engineer of China Electronics Standardization Institute, to accept and solicit bribes from a number of companies seeking state funds, including Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co Ltd and China Gezhouba Group.


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

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