3 ‘tigers’ caught in graft spot­light in one day

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG ZHIHAO and CAO YIN

China has ac­cel­er­ated its anti-cor­rup­tion pace ahead of a key meet­ing next week by an­nounc­ing de­vel­op­ments on three ma­jor cases on Thurs­day.

The De­fense Min­istry con­firmed a bribery in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Wang Jian­ping, the deputy chief of the Joint Staff Depart­ment of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, the top lead­ing body of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

Wang, a 63-year-old gen­eral, is the high­est ac­tive duty mil­i­tary of­fi­cial to fall from grace since Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping be­gan a sweep­ing an­tigraft cam­paign in late 2012, ac­cord­ing to public records.

“Mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tors have been look­ing into his case,” said min­istry spokesman Yang Yu­jun. “The army con­tin­ues to ad­vance in an­tigraft ef­forts, and in re­cent years it has caught many ma­jor sus­pects.”

The last three gen­er­als ar­rested on cor­rup­tion charges were two for­mer vicechair­men of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, Xu Cai­hou and Guo Box­iong, and the for­mer po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar of the PLA Air Force, Tian Xiusi. They were all re­tired at the time of their ar­rest.

Wang joined the ser­vice in 1969 and spent nearly 20 years in the Army, ac­cord­ing to his re­sume. He trans­ferred to the Chi­nese Armed Po­lice Force in 1996 and was pro­moted to gen­eral rank in 2014.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Su Rong, a for­mer deputy State level of­fi­cial, stood trial on Thurs­day at a lo­cal court in Shan­dong prov­ince on charges of tak­ing bribes and abus­ing power.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged that Su, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, the coun­try’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, took ad­van­tage of of­fi­cial po­si­tions to of­fer busi­ness fa­vors and pro­mo­tions to groups and in­di­vid­u­als, ac­cept­ing bribes worth about 110 mil­lion yuan ($15.8 mil­lion) from 2002 to 2014.

Su could not ex­plain how he ob­tained ad­di­tional as­sets worth over 80 mil­lion yuan, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors. He pleaded guilty and ex­pressed re­morse dur­ing the trial. A ver­dict will be an­nounced at a later date, the court said.

Also on Thurs­day, Xu Gang, for­mer vice-gov­er­nor of Fu­jian prov­ince, was sen­tenced to 13 years in prison by an An­hui prov­ince court

for tak­ing bribes of about 20 mil­lion yuan.

From 2002 to 2014, Xu abused his of­fi­cial po­si­tions to grant fa­vors to en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als in busi­ness op­er­a­tions and job promo- tions, the ver­dict said.

The an­nounce­ments about the three cases came ahead of next week’s ple­nary ses­sion of the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, China’s top dis­ci­pline watch­dog.

Mem­bers of the com­mis­sion will meet in Bei­jing from Jan 6 to 8 to re­port on their work in 2016 and dis­cuss tasks for the com­ing year.

Yang Wei­dong, a law pro­fes­sor at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Gov­er­nance, said: “The news on the three cases on Thurs­day shows that pres­sure against graft has not been weak­ened and will re­main high next year.”

Xu Gang

Su Rong

Wang Jian­ping

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