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China Corruption Blotter (April 4, 2014)

Xu Haoyuan, former deputy party chief of Tianjin Municipal Public Security Fire Corps, has been charged with accepting bribes worth nearly $40,000. Prosecutors accused Xu of taking bribes from Shanghai Eagle Safety Equipment Ltd and Gimaex-Schmitz Fire and Rescue GmbH to purchase the companies’ fire safety equipment and vehicles.  Xu also promoted his subordinate in exchange for bribes.

Lu Zhiran, executive vice-director of the standing committee of the Gaoming District People’s Congress in the city of Foshan, Guangdong province, was tried for taking bribes over $390,453 from construction contractors seeking government projects. Lu was probed following online allegations last February that he owns in a six-story luxury villa and more than $16 million personal assets.

Wu Huaqiang, former deputy head of Land and Resources Bureau in the city of Maoming, Guangdong province, is being investigated for accepting $182,216 in bribes from mine owners to reduce penalties for their illegal mining business.

A court in southern Hainan province reduced the sentence term for Chen Jiang, former head of Yanfeng Township in Haikou city, from life imprisonment to 13 years in the second trial. Chen was initially sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes totaling $1.8 million to help property developers obtain land-use permits. Chen appealed the verdict and had his sentence reduced by exposing bribery crimes of other officials.

Jin Daoming, vice chairman of Shanxi Provincial People’s Congress Standing Committee, has been dismissed from office and investigated for unspecified misconducts. Local media disclosed that Jin could be linked to Sun Taiping, former finance bureau director in Shanxi’s Yuncheng city who was investigated for corruption in 2011. Others said whistleblowers reported Jin’s misconducts to central discipline inspectors, leading to his downfall.

Chen Baihuai, former vice chairman of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, has been expelled from the party and removed from public office for taking bribes of unspecified amount. Chen was also accused of abusing his power to approve subordinate units to illegally transfer state-owned land to property developers.


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

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