Deputy tourism chief ousted amid probe
A top official of the National Tourism Administration has been ousted fromthe Communist Party of China and removed from his post, the latest charges amid an intensified, national anti- graft campaign.
Huo Ke, 54, was put under a graft probe in January, a month after he was named tourism deputy head in December.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s top anticorruption authority, said on Wednesday that it had filed a case against Huo with
Washington has launched a war of words over cybersecurity against China before PresidentXi Jinping’sUS trip next month, a move that analysts say attempts to set the agenda for the state visit and put pressure on Beijing.
During a CBS Evening News television interview on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry accused China and Russia of “very likely” reading his e-mails.
Cyberattacks have been a topic of ongoing discussions with China and will be so again when US President Barack Obama hosts Xi in Washington in September, the top US diplomat said.
Kerry’s allegation followed an NBC report that claimed Chinese “cyberspies” have accessed the private e-mails of “many” top Obama administration officials since at least April 2010.
Zhu Haiquan, spokesman the approval of the Party’s central leadership.
Huo was suspected of taking and offering bribes, and leaking Party and State secrets, a statement published on the commission’s website said.
“Huo seriously violated the regulations about integrity and self-discipline, misused public power in official promotion procedures and interfered in business operations. In addition, for the Huo Chinese was embassy involved in in Washington, dismissed the NBC report.
He told Chinese media on Monday thatChina is a major victim of cyberattacks, and that the Chinese government firmly opposes all forms of cyberspying.
Fighting cross-border cyberattacks requires international cooperation, while “groundless accusations and microphone diplomacywon’t resolve any problems but only make things worse”, Zhu said.
Li Haidong, a professor of US studies at China Foreign Affairs University, saidWashington is trying to inflame the issue through a series of accusations against China as a means of setting the agenda for Xi’s upcoming visit to the US.
“Washington often stands against China over issues like cybersecurity and the South China Sea, as it believes that China’s diplomacy and growing economic clout challenge US global leadership,” Li said. impeding the investigation,” the statement said.
Huo continued such behavior after the central leadership began to clamp down on corruption in late 2012, the statement said. The commission said it will hand over evidence to prosecutors for further investigation.
Huo spent the prime of his career in the General Office of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, where Ling Jihua, a senior Party official who had accumulated illicit wealth, was expelled from the Party and removed from his post last month. Ni Huo Feng, servedan expert underon US Ling studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that US cybertechnologies are far more advanced than China’s, and that theUS business sector is a main force behind the US government’s pressing China.
Financial Times reported in July that the FBI has labeled China “the most dominant threat” to US companies and believes Beijing was the main culprit behind a sharp increase in economic espionage cases its agents were investigating.
Ni said the two sides haven’t found a solution to issues such as cybersecurity, and previous dialogues over the topic stalled after the US indicted fiveChinese military officers last year on allegations of cybertheft.
But he added that Xi’s visit is expected to go smoothly and hardly be affected by the accusations— a measure that the US often uses to take the initiative before a high-level visit. for more than 10 years as he worked through the ranks to the head of the secretariat of the General Office, then was appointed deputy head of tourism on Dec 16, Beijing News reported.
Huo worked in the National Tourism Administration for only a month. On Jan 16, the top antigraft authority announced an investigation into his conduct.
Ling, 59, was vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee and head of the United Front Work Department before he was ousted.
Shi Yongxin, abbot of Shaolin Temple in Henan province, reviews the martial arts performance of one of his foreign disciples at the temple on Tuesday. Shi Yongxin has been accused of corruption by a former A woman covers herself to block the scorching sun near the National Stadium in Beijing on Wednesday. Shaolin monk. The temperature in the capital reached 35 C.
Shi Yongxin (left), abbot of Shaolin Temple in Henan province, reviews the martial arts performance of one of his foreign disciples at the temple on Tuesday. Shi Yongxin has been accused of corruption by a former Shaolin monk.