Tian­jin mayor sus­pected of cor­rup­tion, faces probe

Huang Xing­guo ‘se­ri­ously vi­o­lated Party dis­ci­pline’, cen­tral govt watch­dog says

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Huang Xing­guo, mayor of Tian­jin and a mem­ber of 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, has been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on sus­pi­cion of cor­rup­tion, bring­ing the num­ber of com­mit­tee mem­bers in­ves­ti­gated or con­victed to 10.

Huang, 61, was said to have “se­ri­ously vi­o­lated Party dis­ci­pline”, a phrase that of­ten refers to cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, China’s top anti-graft watch­dog, on Satur­day.

He was ap­pointed mayor of the north­ern port city south­east of Bei­jing in Jan­uary 2008. He was also the city’s act­ing Party chief from De­cem­ber 2014.

Tian­jin, one of China’s four pro­vin­cial-level mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties — along with Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Chongqing — caught world­wide at­ten­tion af­ter mas­sive ex­plo­sions in Au­gust last year at a chem­i­cal ware­house that killed about 170 peo­ple.

No details about the al­le­ga­tions against Huang were im­me­di­ately avail­able from the CCDI. He was reported to have per­formed his du­ties a day be­fore he was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Last month, the Party an­nounced it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing Yin Hailin, a long­time city plan­ning of­fi­cial who be­came Tian­jin’s deputy mayor in 2012, also on sus­pi­cion of cor­rup­tion.

The 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee was elected by the 18th Na­tional Congress of the CPC in Novem­ber 2012 and will sit un­til the next congress, which is ex­pected to be con­vened in 2017. The Com­mit­tee was com­posed of around 205 mem­bers and 171 al­ter­nates when it was elected.

When a mem­ber is re­moved from the com­mit­tee, the va­cancy is or­di­nar­ily filled by an al­ter­nate mem­ber at the next com­mit­tee plenum.

Ac­cord­ing to pub­lic in­for­ma­tion, nine other mem­bers of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee were brought down on cor­rup­tion charges, in­clud­ing Jiang Jiemin and Ling Ji­hua, both for­mer se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials.

Jiang, the for­mer head of the State-owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion, was sen­tenced to 16 years in prison in Oc­to­ber.

Ling, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, China’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, and for­mer head of the United Front Work Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for tak­ing bribes, il­le­gally ob­tain­ing State se­crets and abus­ing power in July.

Thir­teen al­ter­nate mem­bers have been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion since the na­tion­wide anti-graft cam­paign started in 2012.

Huang Xing­guo

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