Com­mu­nist Party ex­pels ‘in­sa­tiable’ top of­fi­cial

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE “morally bank­rupt” for­mer head of China’s statistics bureau, re­spon­si­ble for cal­cu­lat­ing the coun­try’s eco­nomic fig­ures, has been ex­pelled from the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party for ac­tions in­clud­ing “su­per­sti­tious ac­tiv­i­ties” and “in­sa­tiably” trad­ing power for sex.

Wang Baoan headed the Na­tional Bureau of Statistics un­til Jan­uary, when an in­quiry into him was an­nounced just hours af­ter he spoke at a press con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on China’s econ­omy.

In a state­ment on its web­site, the rul­ing party’s Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion (CCDI), its in­ter­nal anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog, said it had found Mr Wang “com­pletely lacks po­lit­i­cal be­liefs”.

He had “chron­i­cally en­gaged in su­per­sti­tious ac­tiv­i­ties, se­ri­ously vi­o­lated po­lit­i­cal dis­ci­pline and po­lit­i­cal rules, and in ma­jor is­sues has ex­pressed views con­trary to the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee”, it said.

Ques­tions have re­peat­edly been raised about the ac­cu­racy of of­fi­cial Chi­nese eco­nomic statistics, which crit­ics say can be sub­ject to po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion.

Mr Wang is among the lat­est of­fi­cials to fall to the much-pub­li­cised anti-cor­rup­tion drive un­der Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Xi Jin­ping, al­though crit­ics say it can be used for in­ter­nal fac­tion-fight­ing, with its high­est-pro­file vic­tim the once hugely pow­er­ful se­cu­rity chief Zhou Yongkang, who was sen­tenced to life in pri­son. The anti-graft cam­paign has been ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­pan­sion of the rules gov­ern­ing ap­pa­ratchiks’ be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing strict ad­mo­ni­tions against pub­licly break­ing party dis­ci­pline.

The CCDI state­ment said Mr Wang was “morally bank­rupt” and that his of­fences in­cluded fre­quent­ing lux­ury ho­tels, in­dulging in ex­pen­sive en­ter­tain­ment, and ex­ploit­ing his po­si­tion for sex­ual favours.

In­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions into high­level party of­fi­cials op­er­ate with­out ju­di­cial over­sight. Once an­nounced, they are likely to lead to a sack­ing fol­lowed by crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion, con­vic­tion, and a pri­son sen­tence.

Photo: EPA

Wang Baoan is ac­cused of trad­ing power for sex.

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