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China Corruption Blotter (March 21, 2014)

Zhu Zuoli, vice chairman of Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is under investigation for serious disciplinary violations. The details of his crimes have not been revealed. According to some reports, Zhu could be 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 sentenced to 15 years for taking $1.15 million in bribes. In exchange for the bribes, Chen handed out projects and transfered ownership of company stock, resulting in losses of state assets.

Zhang Dongyang, chief prosecutor in Shenyang’s Liaoning province, has been placed under discipline investigation for unspecified misconduct. Zhang allegedly acquisitioned land and illegally to purchase property. According to whistleblower reports, he also abused his power to cover up the 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. IN exchange he helped the company win an air-conditioning equipment procurement contract. The company’s general manager, only identified as Liu, reported Xu’s bribes to prosecutors after Xu rejected his bid for an unrelated contract.

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

Wu Lianqi, former deputy mayor in the city of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, has been removed from his post and expelled from the party on suspicion of taking bribes, violating party discipline and criminal law, local discipline authorities announced, without giving further details. Media reports said Wu’s misconducts include helping his relatives win construction and procurement contracts in post-earthquake rebuilding and promoting a female official who was close to him.


Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content with the China Compliance Digest.

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