Archive for the Corruption Category

Officials that aided Dalai Lama investigated in 2014 [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, Dalai Lama, Tibet on March 8, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 28, 2015

Several officials who participated in the illegal underground “Tibetan Independence” organization, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama clique and assisted activities that would harm national security, were put under investigation in 2014, authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region said Tuesday.

A total of 15 officials were punished by the Communist Party of China (CPC) for violating Party and political discipline in 2014, said Wang Gang, an official with the Party discipline inspection commission of Tibet.

Six “typical” cases of Party members and civil servants violating discipline have been announced in Tibet and 45 officials who abandoned their positions and neglected their duties have been severely punished, said Wang.

Some officials failed to take a firm stand on issues related to the Tibet question and some grass-root officials in the region were found to be seriously corrupt, said Ye Dongsong, head of an inspection team of the CPC discipline commission in November 2014. Ye suggested that the Tibetan regional government focus on neutralizing separatists and maintaining social stability, cracking down on corruption and strictly monitoring projects in the region…

Excerpted; full article link: http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0128/c90785-8842047.html

Marxism key to problem solving: Xi [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, Deng Xiaoping, Economy, Employment, Environmental protection, Mao Zedong, Reform and opening up, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics on March 3, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

(Global Times) January 26, 2015

~Ideology a theoretical tool to unite officials in time of change: analyst~

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent stress on dialectical materialism has brought about a resurgence of Marxist ideology as the theoretical foundation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) amid the nation’s deepening reform, said observers.

Xi, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said Friday that all CPC members should value ideological work and promote “core socialist values” as he presided over a meeting attended by members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, reported the Xinhua News Agency on Saturday.

The president reiterated that China will remain at the primary stage of socialism for a long time to come. Through 30 years of reform and opening up, China has made breakthroughs in productivity, comprehensive national strength and people’s living standards, but the situation and challenges both domestically and abroad are changing.

“We should grasp new traits in new phases of development, and stipulate guidelines in accordance with reality,” Xi said, adding that ideology should be at the heart of the Party.

The meeting followed a previous session in 2013 when the bureau delivered a similar lecture on Marxist philosophy.

Dialectical materialism, a key tenet of Marxist philosophy along with historical materialism, is a philosophical approach that views all changes in the world as the result of conflicts between opposites.

The president said that dialectical materialism, a strand of Marxist philosophy, should provide CPC members with the right approach to problem solving as China continues on its path of reform and development…

…The CPC, founded in the early 1920s, has advocated Marxism and socialism with Chinese characteristics as an ideological guidance to strengthen and modernize China…

Excerpted; full article link: http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0126/c90785-8840860.html

Xinhua Insight: CPC campaigns to restore moral compass [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Chinese TV program, Corruption, Economy, Education on March 1, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

I’m skeptical that primary school students and teachers bowing to each other constitutes educating the students about ‘core socialist values’…it seems Confucianist/Neo-Confucianist – Zuo Shou

BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — Students of Tsinghua University Primary School in Beijing know all about China’s drive to improve its citizens’ etiquette as they get used to a new requirement to bow when meeting teachers and parents on campus.

The prestigious school enforced the rule to answer government calls to educate children with a set of moral principles, namely “core socialist values.” This doctrine has been encouraged by the Communist Party of China (CPC) since its 18th Party Congress in November 2012, but the campaign has ramped up this week since a renewing address by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

On Monday morning, the first day of the school semester, a ceremony was held in the biting cold of the playground. More than 1,600 students in uniform bowed to teachers simultaneously and the latter responded in kind.

“Core socialist values include patriotism and friendship. We help our children start with bowing, a practice to show respect and one that is valued by our traditional culture,” Principal Dou Guimei told local media.

The move epitomized a nationwide campaign to rebuild faith amid concerns that the world’s second-largest economy has to some extent lost its moral compass, a price paid for its three-decade economic miracle.

A “moral vacuum” has been perceived in private and public life, exemplified by pervasive money worship and extreme individualism, as well as endless scandals concerning corruption, food safety and environmental pollution.

In addition, a spate of violence and molestation against children, with some cases perpetrated by teachers and public servants, has prompted rounds of soul-searching among the public.

The latest instruction on reclaiming the moral high ground was delivered by Xi, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on Monday, when he called for greater efforts to set up a socialist value system with Chinese characteristics in line with a new era.

The 18th Party Congress specified core socialist values as prosperity, democracy, civility, harmony, freedom, equality, justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship.

In December, the CPC issued a detailed guideline on bolstering these values, ordering them to be incorporated into the school curriculum, urging media to spread moral righteousness and prodding Party members and officials to take the lead in practicing the principles.

The targets of the guideline have sprung into action. For example, TV stations across China have devoted considerably more air time to public service advertisements and broadcasts championing social values. Local governments have moved to reward Good Samaritans to inspire more good deeds.

Moreover, the ruling party has beefed up its anti-corruption campaign, vowing to crack down on both high-ranking and low-level corrupt officials — “tigers” and “flies,” as Xi put it…

Editor: An

Excerpted by Zuo Shou

Full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2014-02/21/c_133133694.htm
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Also see related article: “China Focus: China trumpets ‘core socialist values’ amid moral decline [Xinhua] – http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2014-02/17/c_133121953.htm

Chinese tycoon brothers Liu Han and Liu Wei facing charges of running mafia-like gang [China.org]

Posted in China, Corruption, Law enforcement on February 22, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

[Shanghai Daily]

February 21, 2014

Two brothers, well-known business tycoons and philanthropists in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, have been accused of running a mafia-like gang that attacked and killed business rivals and bribed officials and police.

They are among 36 people being prosecuted yesterday on charges involving nine deaths.

Liu Han, 49, founder of the Hanlong Group, the biggest private company in Sichuan, and Liu Wei, 44, boss of Yiyuan Industrial Co Ltd based in Sichuan’s Guanghan City, are alleged to have been the gang’s kingpins.

The brothers are charged with 15 crimes, including leading mafia-type gangs, murders, operating casinos, illegally holding firearms and interfering with government affairs.

The gang’s alleged criminal activities, dating back to 1993, helped them amass 40 billion yuan (US$6.5 billion) in assets with businesses in finance, energy, real estate and mining, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

The gang was said to own a fleet of several hundred cars that included Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Ferraris.

Prosecutors said the illegal activities dominated several industries and reaped huge profits, while bribes were paid to government officials for immunity.

Their business empire seemed well protected until a daylight shooting on a busy street in Guanghan in 2009.

Witnesses watched as a car drew up outside an open-air teahouse in downtown Guanghan and several men got out. More than 10 shots were fired before they got back in and the car sped away. Three people lay dead.

“It was so fast,” Xinhua quoted a witness as saying. “It was like watching a movie.”

One of the dead men was Chen Fuwei, leader of another criminal gang and said to have had a long-time grudge against Liu Wei.

In 2008, Chen was released from prison, threatening to take revenge on the Liu brothers. Liu Wei is said to have instructed two gang members to “get rid of Chen.”

The uproar that followed the shootings sent shock waves all the way to the central authorities.

Two suspects, Yuan Shaolin and Zhang Donghua, were soon captured and they had little hesitation in naming Liu Wei as the man behind the killings.

Liu Wei went into hiding, allegedly harbored by his brother, and he became a class-A man on China’s wanted list.

Both were detained in March last year…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.china.org.cn/wap/2014-02/21/content_31548497.htm

Also see: “Xinhua Insight: Details of suspected crimes by gangster-turned billionaire” — news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2014-02/20/c_133131218.htm

On the «bombshell» dropped by China on 20 November 2013 (I) [Strategic Culture Foundation / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]]

Posted in China, China-US relations, Corruption, Economic crisis & decline, Economy, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives, US imperialism, USA on December 19, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Valentin KATASONOV | 29.11.2013

Since 21 November, an article by well-known financial analyst and blogger Michael Snyder under the headline «China announces that it is going to stop stockpiling US dollars» has spread through the media like wildfire.

* Michael Snyder’s article *

We quote: «China just dropped an absolute bombshell, but it was almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media. The central bank of China has decided that it is ‘no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves’». Michael Snyder’s article predicts that China’s decision will have serious consequences for the United States. According to Snyder, even if this bombshell does not destroy America, it will still cause the country enormous damage. Can it all really be as the American analyst claims?

The bombshell itself, according to Snyder, was dropped on 20 November. It was dropped by a deputy governor at the People’s Bank of China in a speech at an economic forum being held at the Tsinghua University. «It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves», writes Bloomberg, quoting the official’s speech. According to the official, the appreciation of the yuan benefits more people in China than it hurts.

It is curious that Snyder, who is an experienced blogger («The Economic Collapse» blog) and a shrewd analyst, interpreted the official’s statement so emotionally. In our opinion, there is nothing particularly sensational in his words.

Firstly, similar statements have been made in China before (always very cautiously), but they never lead anywhere…

Full Part I article link: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/11/29/on-the-bombshell-dropped-by-china-on-20-november-2013-i.html

Part II link: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/01/on-the-bombshell-dropped-by-china-on-20-november-2013-ii.html

GSK execs allegedly received sexual services [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Corruption, U.K. on July 29, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

July 16, 2013
(China Daily)

GSK executives handed out bribes to doctors and took cash rake-offs

Senior executives at Britain’s largest drugmaker, GlaxoSmithKline, allegedly accepted cash rake-offs and paid bribes to officials and doctors to boost sales and prices of its drugs in China, police said on Monday.

The company allegedly used at least four travel agencies to funnel more than 3 billion yuan ($489 million) in bribes since 2007, said Gao Feng, an economic crimes investigator with the Ministry of Public Security.

Some travel agencies had offered sexual services to senior executives in GSK for four years to maintain business contacts, police said.

This case, a focal event of the industry, is believed by insiders to act as an wake-up call for China’s pharmaceuticals sector.

The company said in a statement on Monday it was “deeply concerned and disappointed by these serious allegations of fraudulent behavior and ethical misconduct by certain individuals at the company and third-party agencies.

“GSK has zero tolerance for any behavior of this nature. GSK shares the desire of the Chinese authorities to root out corruption. These allegations are shameful and we regret this has occurred.”

It pledged to “cooperate fully” with Chinese investigating authorities and said it had stopped using the travel agencies that have been identified so far.

– Executives confess –

More than 20 employees from GSK (China) Investment Co and travel agencies have been investigated by police, including four senior Chinese executives at the pharmaceuticals giant who have been detained.

They are vice-president and general operations manager Liang Hong, vice-president and human resources director Zhang Guowei, legal affairs director Zhao Hongyan, and business development manager Huang Hong.

The executives have confessed to bribery and tax-related violations, the ministry said, adding that the case involved a large number of staff and a huge sum of money over an extended period of time.

Police are probing other officials and hospitals that may be involved.

The case emerged after police found the annual turnover of Shanghai Linjiang International Travel Service had surged from millions of yuan to hundreds of millions of yuan in recent years with little travel business, and later discovered its cooperation with GSK since 2007…

Excerpted; full People’s Daily article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90778/8328268.html

Also see — “Xinhua Insight: Police reveal details of GSK China’s alleged violations” [Xinhua] — http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-07/26/c_132574386.htm

Bo Xilai charged with bribery, embezzlement, power abuse [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Dalian, Law enforcement, Liaoning Province on July 26, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

JINAN, July 25 (Xinhua) — Bo Xilai, former Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Chongqing Municipality, has been charged with taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power, according to Jinan City People’s Procuratorate in east China’s Shandong Province.

Bo’s indictment was delivered to the Jinan City Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

Bo took the advantage of his position as a civil servant to seek gains for others, as well as accepted bribes in the form of large amounts of money and property, according to the indictment.

He also embezzled a large amount of public money and abused his power, seriously harming the interests of the state and people, the document said.

Bo has been informed of his legal rights and interviewed by prosecutors. His defending counsel has delivered its opinion, the prosecutors said.

The CPC Central Committee announced in April 2012 that it had decided to suspend Bo’s membership in the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, as he was suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations. The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection also filed the case for investigation.

In September, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to expel Bo from the CPC and his public office. The bureau also decided to transfer Bo’s suspected law violations and relevant evidence to judicial organs.

Bo, 64, also formerly served as mayor of the city of Dalian, governor of northeast China’s Liaoning Province and China’s minister of commerce.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-07/25/c_132572920.htm