ME­DIA FO­CUS

Oc­to­ber 29, 2018

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Shaanxi pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in North­west China has re­cently started a new probe into il­le­gal villa con­struc­tion in the Qin­ling Moun­tains af­ter me­dia cov­er­age of an ex­trav­a­gant real estate de­vel­op­ment oc­cu­py­ing an area of 9,400 square me­ters. The villa, built be­tween 2005 and 2008, was owned by the son of a high-rank­ing of­fi­cial at the pro­vin­cial level in Shaanxi. To date, sev­eral se­nior of­fi­cials im­pli­cated have been probed or pun­ished for cor­rup­tion in the il­le­gal villa project. Since 2003, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has is­sued sev­eral di­rec­tives ban­ning real estate projects or pri­vate vil­las on the north­ern part of the Qin­ling range and con­ducted sev­eral rounds of in­spec­tions. In 2014 alone, more than 200 il­le­gal real estate projects were found on the north­ern sec­tion of Qin­ling and 145 il­le­gal vil­las were de­mol­ished. At least 110 of­fi­cials were given dis­ci­plinary or ad­min­is­tra­tive penal­ties. In most cases, cor­rupt of­fi­cials were found to have been bribed to help com­pa­nies or in­di­vid­u­als ac­cess land to con­struct vil­las or had de­lib­er­ately failed to in­spect and re­port the il­le­gal projects.

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