Deputy tourism chief ousted amid probe

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn By ZHAO SHENGNAN zhaosheng­nan@chi­nadaily.

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 YANDI / FOR CHINA DAILY KUANG LINHUA / CHINA DAILY

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 YANDI / FOR CHINA DAILY

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.

Huo Ke

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