Provincial cadres face wealth declaration

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 12:00am

Senior provincial officials will be required to declare their incomes and their family members' wealth from next year, China's top graft-watcher, Wei Jianxing, said yesterday.

Quoted by Xinhua, Mr Wei, the secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said standards for provincial cadres would be tightened next year. They would be banned from accepting gifts and sponsorship from units and companies they oversee, and there would be closer checks on their overseas visits and jobs they take after leaving office.

Speaking at an anti-corruption meeting in Beijing, Mr Wei claimed the Government's anti-graft campaign had achieved 'new notable results'.

Anti-graft officers investigated more than 130,000 cases from January to November this year and about the same number of cadres have been disciplined by the Communist Party and some were put on trial.

Among them were 21 senior cadres including well-known examples such as former National People's Congress lawmaker Cheng Kejie.

In his address, Mr Wei did not say when trials surrounding the Xiamen Yuan Hua smuggling scandal would finish. Described as the most serious smuggling scandal since 1949, the Yuan Hua Group in Xiamen had allegedly smuggled 25.2 billion yuan (HK$23.7 billion) worth of goods in about four years under the protection of senior cadres in Beijing and Fujian province.

The Guangdong Higher People's Court yesterday upheld a 15-year jail term for former Guangzhou subway manager Chen Qingquan who was convicted in April for accepting about 500,000 yuan of kickbacks in approving construction contracts for two separate companies in 1997 and 1998.