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China Corruption Blotter (March 4, 2014)

Zhu Zuoli, vice chairman of Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is under investigation for serious disciplinary violations. There has been no official word on the nature of Zhu’s crimes, but local media claim his arrest is linked to theft of state-owned assets by local energy firm Sinochem Yi Industry Energy Investment Co Ltd during his service in the Development and Reform Commission of Shaanxi Province.

Chen Bo, former general manager and legal representative of state-owned Hainan Expressway Co Ltd, was handed a 15 year sentence for taking $1.15 million in bribes. Chen took advantage of his post and awarded projects and transferred stock ownership to bribe-givers, resulting in losses of state assets.

Zhang Dongyang, chief prosecutor of Shenyang, Liaoning province, has been placed under investigation for unspecified misconducts. Zhang was allegedly involved in land grabs and illegally raising funds for properties. According to whistleblower reports published in local media, he also used his position ot cover up illegal actions of corrupt colleagues.

Xu An, former deputy head of the National Space Science Center, formerly known as Center for Space Science and Applied Research, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking $16,413 in bribes from Beijing Lantai Times System Science Technology Development Co Ltd to assist the company in winning a contract for air-conditioning equipment procurement. The company’s general manager, only identified as Liu, reported Xu’s bribery act to prosecutors after Xu failed to award him a contract.

Wang Kewei, deputy director of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, has been removed from his post and placed under disciplinary investigation. Details of Wang’s case have not been revealed although he has been linked to a massive corruption abuse of power scandal in Guangzhou Bureau of Science and Technology, where officials allocated research funds in exchange for bribes.

Wu Lianqi, former deputy mayor of the city of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, has been removed from his post and expelled from the party for accepting bribes and violating party discipline and criminal law. According to media reports, Wu’s misconduct included helping his relatives win construction and procurement contracts in post-earthquake rebuilding projects and promoting a female official who was close to him.


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

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