For­mer Tian­jin mayor ad­mits to corruption on TV

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Huang Xing­guo, for­mer act­ing Party chief and mayor of Tian­jin, ap­peared on tele­vi­sion for the first time since he was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for graft.

“The fun­da­men­tal prob­lem with my corruption was to lose the faith and fail to obey Party prin­ci­ples. I low­ered my guard step by step, then be­gan to be­come cor­rupt,” he said dur­ing a 10-episode doc­u­men­tary on China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion.

The doc­u­men­tary, Jiang Gaige Jinx­ing Daodi (Carry- ing the Re­form Through to the End), has been broad­cast nightly on CCTV since July 17. The pro­gram high­lighted Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s key speeches and his new thoughts on the gov­er­nance of China.

Dur­ing the pro­gram, more than 10 for­mer high-rank­ing cor­rupt of­fi­cials were shown to ed­u­cate the public and warn public ser­vants. It has in­cluded Wang Min, for­mer Party chief of Liaon­ing prov­ince, and Qiu He, for­mer deputy Party chief of Yun­nan prov­ince.

Dur­ing the ninth episode, which aired on Tues­day, the 62-year-old Huang ap­peared for the first time since his fall from grace in Septem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the top anti­graft watch­dog, when dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cers con­ducted an in­spec­tion in Tian­jin for the first time in early 2015, Huang held a ban­quet for the in­spec­tors and tried to bribe the team leader with an ex­pen­sive watch to get news about an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Wu Chang­shun, for­mer di­rec­tor of Tian­jin’s mu­nic­i­pal Public Se­cu­rity Bureau.

In Fe­bru­ary 2015, Wu was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on sus­pi­cion of graft af­ter in­spec­tors re­ceived a re­port from the public.

Ac­cord­ing to the episode, in June 2016, just two and a half months af­ter the first in­spec­tion, dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cers went to Tian­jin a sec­ond time to col­lect ev­i­dence. Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, Huang was in­ves­ti­gated for “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­pline”.

“I thought I would be OK when the first in­spec­tion was com­plete. I didn’t ex­pect the in­spec­tors would come to col­lect ev­i­dence a sec­ond time,” Huang said.

“My ideals and faith wa­vered and I went in the wrong di­rec­tion, and I per- formed my du­ties with a view to­ward my per­sonal de­sires.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the coun­try’s top corruption watch­dog, Huang abused his power to gain ben­e­fits for oth­ers, such as pro­mo­tion, and he ac­cepted bribes of cash or prop­erty.

He also in­dulged his fam­ily mem­bers and used his in­flu­ence to seek pri­vate gain, the CCDI said.

In Jan­uary, Huang was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate on sus­pi­cion of bribery. Car­ry­ingth­eRe­for­mThroughtotheEnd. The SPP des­ig­nated the pros­e­cut­ing de­part­ment in He­bei prov­ince to con­duct fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions into his case.

On July 20, the Shi­ji­azhuang peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate in He­bei ini­ti­ated the case in the city’s in­ter­me­di­ate peo­ple’s court. The case will be heard later, ac­cord­ing to the SPP.

WEI JIANSHUN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Street ven­dors wear coats on Wed­nes­day in Heihe, Hei­longjiang prov­ince, while a young cus­tomer sports a T-shirt. The tem­per­a­ture dropped to 12 C on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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A screen­shot of Huang Xing­guo, who had been mayor and act­ing Party chief of Tian­jin, con­fesses his in­volve­ment in graft, dur­ing the doc­u­men­tary

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