Party ex­pels mem­bers over graft

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHU LIXIN in He­fei zhulixin@chi­

Zhou Chunyu, former vice-governor of An­hui prov­ince, and Wang Yincheng, former pres­i­dent of the Peo­ple’s In­sur­ance Com­pany of China, a Sta­te­owned en­ter­prise, have been ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China and re­moved from all of­fi­cial po­si­tions, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment re­leased by the top anti-graft au­thor­ity on Wed­nes­day.

Zhou and Wang were an­nounced to have been brought un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for sus­pected se­vere vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­plines in April and Fe­bru­ary re­spec­tively.

Zhou, 49, was said to be act­ing as an of­fi­cial and a busi­ness­man, as he was found to have been per­son­ally en­gaged in in­vest­ment busi­nesses for a long time, gain­ing huge amounts of il­le­gal prof­its, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion.

It also said Zhou tried to hide his money in over­seas banks, mak­ing him the first min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cial to be ac­cused of do­ing so.

Zhou re­fused to co­op­er­ate in the Party’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the CCDI said. He is the third vice-governor to be probed by the anti-graft au­thor­i­ties in An­hui since last year, fol­low­ing Yang Zhen­chao and Chen Shu­long.

Zhou’s il­le­gal gains will be con­fis­cated and his case trans­ferred to the ju­di­ciary, it added.

Zhou had worked as a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in An­hui since 1989. He worked as mayor and Party chief of Ma’an­shan and Bengbu in An­hui from 2008 to 2016 be­fore be­ing elected vice-governor in Septem­ber.

As former head of Peo­ple’s In­sur­ance Com­pany of China, Wang, 57, was ac­cused of prac­tic­ing “su­per­sti­tious” ac­tiv­i­ties — the CCDI’s an­nounce­ment gave no de­tails about the ac­tiv­i­ties.

Wang, who had been work­ing in the in­sur­ance sec­tor since 1982, was also crit­i­cized for lead­ing an ex­trav­a­gant life. He had been us­ing the com­pany’s public ac­tiv­ity room for his ex­clu­sive use for a long time and paid his per­sonal tourism ex­pen­di­tures us­ing of­fi­cial funds, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI.

Wang was also found to have traded power for money, in­serted rel­a­tives into the in­sur­ance com­pany against the rules, and al­lowed them to use his in­flu­ence to seek prof­its, it said.

Wang was found to have in­ter­fered with the Party’s in­spec­tions and au­dits, as well as re­sist­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it added.

Zhou Chunyu

Wang Yincheng

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