Top of­fi­cial bol­sters Shanxi’s anti-graft ef­forts

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A se­nior anti-graft of­fi­cial has been ap­pointed deputy head of the Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion Com­mis­sion in cor­rup­tion-plagued Shanxi, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Thurs­day.

Chi Yaoyun was pre­vi­ously head of the Third In­spec­tion Bureau at the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of theCom­mu­nistPar­tyof China. He has been ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive deputy sec­re­tary of Shanxi’s provin­cial anti-graft depart­ment.

The move is seen as bol­ster­ing the lead­er­ship of the depart­ment as it seeks to clean up ram­pant cor­rup­tion in the coal-rich prov­ince.

Chi’s pre­de­ces­sor, Yang Sen­lin, was charged with bribery in July. Yang was for­merly the right-hand manof JinDaom­ing, whoworked as head of the Shanxi anti-graft watch­dog from Au­gust 2006 to Fe­bru­ary 2011. Jin was in­ves­ti­gated in Fe­bru­ary while serv­ing as deputy head of Shanxi Peo­ple’s Congress.

Seven provin­cial-level of­fi­cials have been ac­cused of cor­rup­tion in Shanxi since the na­tion­wide anti­graft cam­paign started in late 2012. They in­clude five mem­bers of the stand­ing com­mit­tee of the CPC Shanxi Provin­cial Com­mit­tee. Of the 34 provin­cial-level ad­min­is­tra­tive dis­tricts in China, Shanxi has been hit most by cor­rup­tion cases.

At least nine dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cials have been in­ves­ti­gated this year, in­clud­ing four in­cum­bent or for­mer lead­ers of the prov­ince.

The shake-up in Shanxi’s lead­er­ship be­gan in­Fe­bru­ary. Scores of se­nior of­fi­cials were placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the na­tional anti­graft­watch­dog­for “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of dis­ci­pline and law”, a eu­phemism for cor­rup­tion. They in­cluded for­mer deputy gov­er­nor Ren Run­hou.

A third the mem­bers of Shanxi’s top de­ci­sion­body and a to­tal of more than 40 of­fi­cials in the prov­ince have been in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion since the na­tion­wide anti-graft cam­paign be­gan.

A top Party of­fi­cial was ap­pointed in Shanxi in Septem­ber, mark­ing the start of news ef­forts to clean up the gov­ern­ment. Since Wang Rulin took of­fice, 15 of­fi­cials have been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

At a meet­ing on Tues­day, Wang se­verely crit­i­cized con­tin­u­ing cor­rup­tion by some of­fi­cials, say­ing it went against the head­wind of na­tional ef­forts to pre­vent cor­rup­tion and de­scrib­ing it as a “shock”. He said there would be zero tol­er­ance of mis­con­duct, and en­cour­aged of­fi­cials to de­vote them­selves to the rule of law.

Twom­onth­sago, HuangXiaowei, a for­mer vice-min­is­ter at the Min­istry of Su­per­vi­sion, was ap­pointed a mem­berof the­s­tand­ing­com­mit­tee of theCPCShanx­iProvin­cialCom­mit­tee and sec­re­tary of the provin­cial Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion.

XueLan, a pro­fes­sor of pub­lic pol­icy and man­age­ment at Ts­inghua Univer­sity, said abun­dant coal re­sources and re­lated ma­jor in­vest­ment projects in Shanxi bred se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion. He said the lead­er­ship change will greatly im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of the anti-graft ef­forts.

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Col­lu­sion be­tween gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and busi­nesses has de­vel­oped a profit-shar­ing mech­a­nism in coal ex­plo­ration, Xue said. Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials ap­proved mine projects, then used their ad­min­is­tra­tive pow­ers to so­licit bribes.

Chi Yaoyun, deputy head of Shanxi prov­ince’s Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion Com­mis­sion

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