New dawn for China? Corruption crackdown nets big and small officials

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 3:55pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 4:55pm

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In November 2012, the Communist Party's new leader Xi Jinping announced a crackdown on corruption amongst officials. Since then, a raft of suspected offenders have been sacked or suspended for alleged wrongdoing. Here, SCMP.com brings you a comprehensive guide to the latest officials under investigation.

2012

November: Lǚ Yingming, former deputy director of Guangdong Provincial Department of Land and Resources, under investigation for “serious violations of discipline”.

November 26: Shenzhen policeman Wang Dengchao, 38, found guilty of embezzlement when he was among those in charge of security for the World University Games in Shenzhen in 2011, the rights group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said. Xinhua said in an earlier report that Wang had embezzled 2.8 million yuan (HK$3.4 million). He was also convicted of "obstructing official duty" for scuffling with a police officer in March.

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November 28: Zhou Weisi, a senior official in Nanlian village, located in the outskirts of Shenzhen's Longgang district, accused of corruption and of owning a vast amount of personal assets that don't match his income.

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November 29: Zheng Beiquan, formerly deputy mayor and public security bureau chief in Yingde, under investigation by Qingyuan's discipline inspection committee. Zheng was accused of bending the law for personal gain and involvement in "serious economic problems".

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December 2: Zhou Xikai, deputy director of Foshan's public security bureau and former deputy police chief, under investigation by officials after an online posting accused him of owning assets worth at least 100 million yuan (HK$123.42 million). He has been accused of owning several properties across the district of Shunde, including two homes valued at more than 60 million yuan and a number of workshops and stores valued at 30 million yuan, the Nanfang Daily reported.

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December 3: Qi Fang, head of the Public Security Bureau in Usu, was sacked after online allegations surfaced claiming he had employed 31-year-old twins at the bureau five months after he was promoted to police chief in June last year. One of the women was made vice-captain of special operations, while the other was made an assistant police officer in the traffic department. Married Qi has since denied that he had sex with the twins.

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December 4: Liang Daoxing, former Shenzhen vice-mayor, under investigation by Guangdong and Shenzhen disciplinary authorities. Mainland newspapers have started pointing fingers at the four years Liang spent in charge of the preparation and construction work for the World University Games, which were held in Shenzhen last year and are also known as the Universiade. In particular, newspapers have highlighted a link between Liang and Xu Zongheng, the former Shenzhen mayor who was implicated in the Games scandal and received a suspended death sentence in May last year.

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December 5: Yuan Zhanting, Lanzhou mayor, investigated after photographs posted on the internet showed him wearing at least five luxury watches that he could not have afforded on his official salary.

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December 5: Li Chuncheng, Sichuan's deputy party chief, under investigation accused of "severely breaching party discipline". Luo said that Liu's wife and son were shareholders in a private company that used forged documents to obtain bank loans and transferred a "huge amount of money" to their personal account.

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Update, December 14: Li Chuncheng dismissed as deputy party secretary of Sichuan province and dismissed from the Central Committee.

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December 6: Chen Hong-ping, Guangdong Jieyang Municipal Party Committee Secretary, accused of serious disciplinary problems.

December 7: Liu Tienan, director of the National Energy Administration and the deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, publicly accused of keeping a mistress while in Japan, that his master's degree from Nagoya University in Japan was an honorary degree rather than a credential earned through graduation, and that his wife and son were shareholders in a private company that used forged documents to obtain bank loans and transferred a "huge amount of money" to their personal account. UPDATE: January 31, 2013: A formal investigation into the activities of the country's top energy regulator, Liu Tienan, allegedly launched by Beijing after a veteran journalist at a respected mainland magazine reported a series of allegations against him. UPATE: August 9, 2013: Tienan is officially expelled from the Communist Party. 

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December 14: Zhang Xin, deputy chief of Hangzhou's Housing Management Bureau, under investigation by the party's anti-graft watchdog in Zhejiang's provincial capital for "taking advantage of his position and making personal gains". Online postings alleged Zhang had more than 20 properties under his name worth hundreds of millions of yuan, mostly offered as gifts by property developers.

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December 17: Ma Lin, former deputy head of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region forestry administration, was expelled from the party and removed from his administrative post for bribery. Xinhua reported Ma had "taken advantage of his post and accepted bribes" and that the region's commission of discipline inspection was conducting an inquiry.

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December 17: Dr Jiang Hanping , director of Shenzhen's Health, Population and Family Planning Commission, investigated for "serious discipline violations". Jiang, 55, previously worked as chief of a public hospital and head of the city's health bureau. A Xinhua report gave no details about the suspected violations.

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December 17: Mao Yixin, head of the Land and Resources Bureau in Chengdu's Xindu district, reportedly put under shuanggui, which allows for the detention and interrogation of party members, at the end of September, Beijing News reported. The report confirmed an internet rumour that Mao had fallen from grace after becoming involved in a big property development project in northern Chengdu. More than 38 million yuan (HK$47 million) in cash was rumoured to have been found in his home.

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December 20: A dozen women cadres become entangled in a scandal involving accepting prepaid cards for spa treatments and hairdressing. In another case, a male official was arrested recently for using public funds to pay for his mistress' cosmetic treatments, the Procuratorial Daily reported. Beijing prosecutors said the 13 officials who had been snared in the crackdown on "cosmetic corruption" were middle- and high-ranking officials in a variety of government departments and public institutions.

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December 20: Lv Fengshan, a Hebei county traffic bureau chief, accused of arranging for 14 relatives to get government or government-related jobs.

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December 27: Former China Railway Container Transport chairman, Luo Jinbao, goes on trial for corruption at a court in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang. The 56-year-old was said to have introduced ousted railways minister Liu Zhijun to Ding Shumiao - believed to have found Liu numerous young women for sex - and made 800 million yuan (HK$983 million) from rail projects. Prosecutors accused Luo of taking 47 million yuan in bribes, as well as illegally owning a shotgun.

December 31: Chen Xuedu, a neighbourhood chief from Shenzhen's Luohu district has been suspended pending a probe into allegations of nepotism and misuse of public vehicles, the Southern Metropolis Daily reports. Xuedu, who serves as head and party secretary of the Cuizhu Neighbourhood Committee, was accused of using his influence to help about 50 friends and relatives get jobs in agencies tied to the group.

December 31: Cui Zhenfeng, the former director of a district real estate bureau, has been identified as the Zhengzhou official whose relative owns 11 public flats in the city, the Beijing Times reports. The homes are owned by his 21-year-old daughter. He left his Erqi district post last year. The media began looking into the case after a Hong Kong reporter disclosed the relationship - but neither names nor titles - on his microblog last week.

December 31: Hui Linbo, former deputy mayor of Dangjiangkou, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for taking 1.5 million yuan in bribes from property developers and local businesses between 2005 and last year, www.cnhubei.com reports. 

2013

January 4: Fang Guangyun, head of the Zhanbei neighbourhood committee in Hefei, under investigation over allegations that he amassed 20 million yuan (HK$24.6 million) through illicit land deals, the Oriental Morning Post reports. He is accused of forcing farmers to sell their land for as little as 105,000 yuan per hectare, then selling it to developers for as much as 450,000 yuan per hectare.

January 10: Party secretary of the Ningbo Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau Jin Junjie is revealed to be under investigation on suspicion of serious violation of Party discipline.

January 11: Director of Shenzhen's Health, Population and Family Planning Commission Jiang Hanping is removed from his seat on the Shenzhen municipal people's congress standing committee after being placed under investigation late last year. According to Xinhua Jiang was formally arrested on charges of graft on January 31.

January 14: Li Yali, police chief in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, has been placed on probation within the Communist Party for one year and is set to be fired. Li was suspended from his post and subjected to an internal investigation by the party's graft-busting watchdog after he allegedly tried to cover up a drink-driving case involving his son, Li Zhengyuan, who is alleged to have attacked the traffic officer who pulled him over on October 13, Xinhua reported early last month.

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January 15: Former Wukan Party high-up Chen Zengxin is removed from his positions within government and the Communist Party and indicted.

January 15: Guo Yongfei is charged with accepting bribes and stripped of his role as a member of the Shanxi province people's political conference.

January 17: Four traffic police officers in Guangzhou have been sentenced to between five and 12 years in jail for taking bribes from a businessman who operated a vehicle-inspection centre between 2004 and last year, the Guangzhou Daily reports. Six officers were found guilty of accepting 12.5 million yuan in exchange for allowing the businessman to certify the use of tens of thousands of vehicles that should have been scrapped. The other two officers have not been sentenced. The businessman received a 17-year jail sentence in October.

January 17: Chen Zengxin, former Lufeng party secretary who led 1,400 SWAT police in sealing off Wukan, expelled from the Party for taking bribes. Chen was appointed to the Shanwei municipal standing committee and made party secretary of the political-legal commission, later playing a leadership role locally in the 'two strikes, three constructs' campaign against organised crime throughout Guangdong province.

January 17: The former construction bureau chief in Changchun city's Erdao district was sentenced to life imprisonment and the confiscation of all his personal assets after he was convicted of taking 8 million yuan in bribes between 2003 and 2011, the Procuratorial Daily reports.

January 17: Yi Junqing, a senior Chinese official, lost his job after a jilted mistress detailed their alleged affair in an online essay topping 100,000 written characters. 

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January 21: A former village party secretary in Miyun county has been charged with taking more than 4.65 million yuan (HK$5.74 million) in bribes, the Beijing Times reports. Xiang Mingxing is accused of taking the money from property developers between November 2007 and July 2011, in exchange for lowering the amount of compensation that the developers had to pay to people whose land had been seized for development.

January 22: Gong Aiai, a former Shenmu County Rural Commercial Bank deputy governor, under investigation after she registered two sets of hukou (household registration permit) to purchase 20 properties in Beijing worth about one billion yuan (HK$1.24 billion). The Shaanxi office of the China Banking Regulatory Commission's office is investigating while police have revoked Gong's ID and hukou.

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January 22: Shandong's deputy agriculture chief, Shan Zengde, investigated for violating party discipline, a common euphamism for corruption, China National Radio reported. 

January 22: Du Zeyong, the office director for the Liaocheng city government in Shandong, under investigation after pictures surfaced online showing him wearing a red G-string and posing intimately with a woman who was not his wife. 

January 22: Conghua Mayor Guo Qinghe and the city's deputy chief of forestry and gardening, Liu Yantong, under investigation for "severely violating party disciplines", according to China News Service. Guo worked in the province's forestry administration for 20 years prior to his current post. 

January 24: In Chongqing, Party secretary of Jiulongpo district Peng Zhiyong and Zhou Tianyun, chairman of a real estate group in the city, are among 10 Party and government officials placed under investigation after sex tapes featuring them are leaked to media.

January 29: Feng Xiangyong, deputy mayor of Yunfu, Guangdong, is expelled from the Party and placed under investigation or gambling and accepting bribes.

January 27: Li Jianguo, member of the China's elite Politburo and the vice-chairman of the national rubber-stamp legislature, under investigation although has not been charged with any offence. If charges do result, Li would be the highest-ranking official snagged in an anti-corruption drive launched by the new party leadership.

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January 29: Chairman of the Anhui Military Industry Group Huang Xiaohu is investigated for severe violation of party discipline.

January 29: Deputy party secretary of SOE Magang Group Zhao Jianming is placed under investigation for serious violation of Party discipline.

January 30: Huang Yubiao, billionaire real estate tycoon from Hunan province, revealed that he paid 320,000 yuan (HK$394,000) in bribes to more than 300 provincial people's congress deputies in a failed attempt to win a seat on the body. The province's top anti-graft committee had acknowledged that "parts" of the allegations were true, and an investigation was underway, the Guangdong-based Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

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January 30: Lu Yingming, deputy director of Guangdong's Land and Resources Department has been expelled from the Communist Party for taking huge bribes. Guangdong's party discipline inspection commission said Lu had been expelled from the party recently in light of an ongoing anti-graft investigation, the provincial party mouthpiece Nanfang Daily reported.

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February 4: Shenmu County Rural Commercial Bank deputy governor Yang Liping is found to have purchased 12 flats in Beijing under one of his wife's name, as it is has also been reported she was discovered by police to be in possession of three separate active identities. The ongoing investigation into Yang's former associate Gao Aiai, meanwhile, has turned up at least 4 hukous and 41 separate flats all belonging to her. She's also been missing for 14 consecutive days.

February 4: Media following up on an online tip confirm that Zhang Xiuting, an anti-corruption official in Heilongjiang, owns, along with his wife, a total of 17 separate flats.

February 6: Zhao Haibin, a senior Public Security Bureau official in Lufeng, Guangdong, accused of owning 192 properties in a nearby city. He became the target of a probe after reports that he owned the properties in Huizhou, the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reported. UPDATE, March 28, 2013: Zhao Haibin has been removed from his post and expelled by the Communist Party. Since February, three teams investigated Zhao and concluded that he used fake ID to run a private business and trade favours for money. Zhao said his second ID card was authorised by the party, The Southern Metropolis Daily reports. 

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February 9: Ying Guoquan, a former director at a state-owned company, was given a suspended death sentence by the Zhejiang Higher People's Court for graft, embezzlement and misappropriating assets, the Economic Information Daily reports. Ying's company used a name almost identical to the state-owned company, and cheated it out of businesses. He made illegal profits of more than 370 million yuan in seven years.

February 9: Zhou Zhenhong, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Guangdong Communist Party and head of its provincial United Front Work Department, stripped of his party membership and official posts and faces government prosecution, according to a decision from the party's anti-graft agency. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said its investigation found that Zhou took advantage of his position to benefit others and also accepted bribes. He was found to have received large quantities of cash and expensive gifts, and was involved in corruption cases in Maoming city. 

February 19: Zhou Weisi, a deputy chief of a Shenzhen sub-district community office who allegedly amassed two billion yuan (HK$2.46 billion) in assets was formally arrested for suspected paying and taking of bribes early this month, the city's prosecutor office said. Weisi, of Longgang sub-district, and four other officials were placed under investigation last month after allegations online.

February 19: The chief and a deputy chief of the Zhenba county water resources authority in Hanzhong have been warned after they were exposed for organising a trip to Hainan for 27 staff members and then paid to have the incriminating posts removed from the internet, the Xian Evening Post reports. An investigation by the county's Communist Party discipline watchdog found the five-day trip starting on January 2 had been paid for by the staff members but having 27 of them travelling when they should have been at work set a bad precedent and should be punished. One of the officials was found to have paid 3,000 yuan to have the online posting removed.

March 14: Tang Jianhua, former deputy police chief in the southwestern city of Chongqing and ally of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, found guilty of taking 17 million yuan (HK$21.22 million) in bribes, according to lawyer Li Zhuang. The sentence was handed down by a Chongqing court more than a month ago, Li said.

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March 21: Lu Zhiran, director of the Standing Committee of the Gaoming District People's Congress is under investigation into alleged graft, the Nanfang Daily reports. Online posts started appearing last month accusing him of shutting down public roads for private use, owning several villas and holding assets worth more than 100 million yuan.

March 22: The head of Heyuan's health bureau has been sacked after a two-minute video clip circulated online showing him playing mahjong with two suppliers of medical drugs, The Southern Metropolis Daily reports. The health chief, a top physician at the hospital, was seen playing the game with the suppliers, and thousands of yuan were being gambled. He was fired after an investigation by party disciplinary inspectors.

April 1: The deputy party secretary of Jilin province has been placed under investigation by the party's top graft-busting agency, Caixin.com reported yesterday, citing various sources. Zhu Yanfeng, 52, was allegedly implicated in problems related to the assets of Jilin-based First Automobile Works Group (FAW), the company of which he was formerly president, the report said.

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April 1: Zhang Xuebing, police chief of Shanghai, has been removed from his post amid allegations of an extra-marital affair, reports the Communist Party-sponsored Jiefang Daily. The 58-year-old has been replaced by Bai Shaokang, a criminal investigation expert.

April 1: The deputy chief of a district level police bureau in Lanzhou, Gansu province, has been expelled from his job and the Communist Party after a post circulated on social media accusing him of having sex with underage prostitutes. Lanzhou police said on its official Sina microblog that the former deputy chief of the Chengguan district police bureau, whose full name was not disclosed, had been removed from the post and handed over to prosecutors after police verified the online allegations.

April 2: Shang Wei, deputy mayor of Shaoguan, has been sacked and expelled from the party, the Guangdong government announced. China News Service reported that Shang, 43, had been under investigation for suspected graft, embezzling, abuse of his position and having mistresses. His illicit gains were confiscated and he would be handed over to prosecutors, the report said. Shang had been in the post since 2006 and was in charge of housing and urban development.

April 2: Zhejiang disciplinary inspection commission has launched an investigation into a Wenzhou official accused of keeping a mistress and paying her a 200,000 yuan break-up fee, the Beijing Times reported. The investigation was prompted when a woman, surnamed Zhang, told the newspaper she had a five-month affair with Wu Kaifeng, party secretary-general of Wenzhou, and had an abortion for him.

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April 3: Gu Liping, wife of United Front Work Department chief Ling Jihua, has resigned as Director General of Youth Business China and executive secretary general of the Ying Foundation amid widespread speculation that she was under investigation for allegedly using the foundation to amass a personal fortune, reports Ybc.org.cn.

April 5: Chen Bo, president of the provincial board overseeing state-owned enterprises, has been expelled from the party and removed from office for severe violations of discipline, a common euphamism for corruption, People.com.cn reports. Chen was charged with receiving bribes and selling state-owned real estate at low prices when he was general manager of the Hainan Expressway Co, It was unclear when the violations occurred.

April 5: Si Dongliang, deputy chief of the provincial farmer-training school, has been removed from his post after it was discovered that he was using two official identification cards, People.com.cn reports. However, disciplinary authorities denied rumours that the official had embezzled millions of yuan when he served as the party chief of a town under the administration of Suqian.

April 10: Liu Zhijun, former railways minister, was formally charged with corruption and abuse of power on Wednesday, state media said, the latest step in a graft investigation into the scandal-plagued railways.

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April 12: Shan Zengde, former deputy director of the agricultural bureau in Shandong, was officially arrested for allegedly taking bribes after a tip in a sex scandal in December, state media said. The Dazhong Daily said Shan was practising favouritism. Shan was expelled from the Communist Party last month after a letter with his signature circulated online in November showing he had made commitment to his mistress that he would get divorced.

April 12: Su Zhixian, Mianyang Normal University party boss, will stand trial within weeks on charges of taking bribes worth nearly 11 million yuan (HK$13.7 million), sources say. He allegedly asked for and accepted about 10.8 million yuan in the course of quake reconstruction and other projects, according to a disciplinary source in Sichuan.

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April 17: Xinglong village party secretary Huang Kangsheng has been suspended after pictures of him posing with scantily-clad ladyboys while on an overseas trip allegedly paid for with public expenses were posted online, the Guangzhou Daily reported. The Guangdong official denies the allegations.

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April 18: Hou Junxia, daughter of Shanxi businesswoman Ding Shumiao, and four others were put on trial at the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court for illegal business operations yesterday. The five were believed to be implicated in former railways minister Liu Zhijan’s graft case, having made illegal gains by helping contractors win bids.

April 18: A director-level official with the Xian Highway Administration Bureau has been suspended from his post after media reports revealed that he had been using an imported Jeep Grand Cherokee as his official vehicle, the Huashang Daily reports. The vehicle, valued at more than 600,000 yuan, was deemed too extravagant for an official of his level in charge of just a section of highway in the city. An investigation has been launched.

May 28: Luo Xiaojie, a senior official from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Develoment has been jailed for 10 years and 6 months for taking 450,000 yuan (HK$564,200) in bribes, the Beijing News reports. The 59-year-old, who worked for the ministry's housing and construction market regulation department, took advantage of her position to help an unqualified construction company from Chongqing gain licences. Not long ago, another official from the ministry's market supervision department received a 12-year jail sentence for taking 2.88 million yuan in bribes. 

June 24: Guo Yongxiang, former vice-governor of Sichuan province, under investigation suspected of unspecified "serious disciplinary violations". Guo's current title is chairman of Sichuan's provincial arts and literary federation, though that's believed to be a semi-retirement position for the 64-year-old official who was formerly vice governor of the southwestern province.

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June 27: Wu Tao, head of public security in the Jinjiang district of Chengdu, taken into custody by party discipline and inspection authorities last month while preparing to flee with a large sum of money, The Beijing News reported, citing Chengdu police sources. Chengdu police refused to comment, but Wu was no longer listed as a deputy district director on Jinjiang's government website.

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July 7: Li Daqiu, 59, vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee in Guangxi, placed under investigation - the third vice-ministerial-level official in as many weeks ensnared by the Communist Party's anti-graft campaign. He is being investigated for "serious disciplinary violations" - a party euphemism for corruption - although it did not disclose the specific allegations against him.

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July 9: Liu Zhijun, former railways ministry chief, received a suspended death sentence for abusing his office and accepting tens of millions of yuan in bribes. The court said Liu, while overseeing a massive high-speed rail expansion, had taken bribes and other gifts worth 64.6 million yuan (HK$81.62 million) and helped get 11 people promoted in exchange for favours.

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July 17: China Resources (Holdings) chairman Song Lin and other senior managers accused of intentionally overpaying for a 2010 acquisition. In a letter posted on his weibo microblog, Wang Wenzhi, a principal reporter with the Economic Information Daily, accused Song of intentionally buying "poor-quality coal assets" in Shanxi province at an "incredibly" high price and paying the money in advance at irregular intervals, a practice he said may have caused the group to suffer billions of yuan in losses. China Resources (Holdings), a Hong Kong-registered conglomerate, issued a statement saying that the weibo posting and reports about it carried by some news outlets were libellous, and had negatively affected the company and the image of its management. It said it reserved the right to sue and claim damages.

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July 30: Ma Zhengqi, deputy director of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), is accused of waiving further investigation into the suspicious privatisation of two state-owned companies that were merged when he was party secretary of Wanzhou district in Chongqing. Liu Hu, an investigative journalist with the New Express newspaper, made the allegation on his microblog.

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August 5: Shanghai authorities suspended four judiciary officials, including Chief tribunal judge Chen Xueming of the city’s top court, two days after a video clip emerged that appeared to show them spending the night with prostitutes at a luxury nightclub.

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August 14: Yang Zhizhu, an associate law professor at China Youth University for Political Sciences, has accused a former deputy police head in Hunan province of amassing millions in bribes and illicit proceeds, as well as multiple counts of rape, in the latest example of civilian involvement in the crackdown on official corruption. Yang told the South China Morning Post yesterday that he wrote to the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection about alleged irregularities implicating Tang Zhongyuan, an executive deputy director of Hunan police from late 2008 until July 2011.

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August 16: Dozens of government officials and heads of state-owned enterprises in Sichuan's capital city of Chengdu have been reassigned or removed from their posts, including people with alleged ties to disgraced former deputy provincial party chief Li Chuncheng and the judge who presided over the trial of Wang Lijun.

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August 16: Ye Jiren, former vice mayor of China’s eastern city of Wenzhou, sentenced to three years in jail for abuse of power in a land deal, state media reported. Ye was jailed after he allotted a plot of land in Wenzhou to a private company against government rules for its use, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting the court.

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August 17: Cui Yadong, acting president of the Shanghai High Court, been accused of corruption and abuse of power during his time as a provincial police chief. The accusations were contained in a letter signed by 70 police officers, who said that, while head of the police in Guizhou province, he used his position to enrich himself through kickbacks and private business schemes.

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August 19: Liu Tienan, China’s former top economic policymaker, placed under criminal investigation for suspected bribe-taking.

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August 20: Xu Long, general manager of China Mobile's Guangdong operations, held by provincial disciplinary authorities over alleged serious violation of party discipline, China News Services reported, citing the anti-graft body.

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August 29: Wang Yongchun, a deputy general manager of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), investigated for "gross violation of party discipline", Xinhua reported citing the Central Discipline Inspection Commission, the Communist Party's top graft-busting body.

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August 29: CNPC vice general manager Li Hualin, vice-president and Changqing general manager Ran Xinquan, and PetroChina chief geologist Wang Daofu under investigation, Xinhua reported, citing the State Council's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

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August 30: Former security tsar and retired member of the Politburo's all-powerful Standing Committee Zhou Yongkang investigated for corruption.

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August 31: Yang Dacai, Shaanxi's former work safety chief, whose taste in expensive timepieces earned him the nickname "Brother Watch" online - admits to bribery and acquiring millions of yuan in unexplained wealth during court case.

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September 2: Jiang Jiemin, director of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (Sasac) and former chairman of the country's biggest oil company, suspected of "serious discipline violations", Xinhua reported. He is sacked a day later.

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September 4: Zhang Shuguang, formerly director of the ministry's transport bureau and its deputy chief engineer, turned over to the Beijing's No.2 Intermediate People's Court for prosecution, China News Service reported yesterday. He is accused of taking 47 million yuan in bribes between 2000 and 2011 in exchange for using his position to help several companies win contracts for a series of high-speed rail projects. He will face 13 charges related to bribery.

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September 4: Yang Hanzhong, former deputy head of Inner Mongolia’s Communist Party anti-corruption watchdog stands trial on bribery charges. He is accused of taking more than 40 million yuan in exchange for favour regarding government projects. A verdict will be delivered at a later date.

September 23: Zhang Xinhua, manager of Baiyun Nonggongshang United, is under investigation for taking bribes worth almost 100 million yuan (HK$126 million) in Guangzhou, which local anti-graft officials described as the city's "largest sum in a single bribery case in a decade". Xinhua reported that the state-owned company boss has also been accused, with others, of embezzling state assets worth 240 million yuan, through the sale of state land and property. Local prosecutors have taken up the case.

September 28: He Jing, one of Guangzhou’s most senior police officers, was jailed for life for taking up to seven million yuan (HK$8.8 million) in bribes, China News Service reported. A former coroner, He was the third-ranking officer in the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau and the city’s police spokesman.

September 30: Gao Shan, the former manager of the Bank of China's Harbin branch, appeared in court with six others in a two-day trial of fraud and embezzlement involving 2.8 billion yuan , Xinhua reported. Gao has been charged with collaborating with the others to conduct fraud between 2000 and 2004, in which 276 deposits were embezzled from eight companies, at a cost of 800 million yuan to the firms and 100 million yuan to the bank. Gao and the others fled to Canada at the end of 2004 but the scandal was exposed only in 2005. Canadian police arrested Gao in 2007 over false immigration documents. He surrendered to Beijing police last year. Another suspect, Li Dongsheng , also gave himself up.

October 1: Ni Fake, former deputy governor of Anhui province, to be charged with graft following accusations of illegally accumulating wealth and being "morally degenerate". His case has been turned over to judicial authorities for prosecution following an internal party corruption probe, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website.

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October 9: Lei Yi, chairman of Yunnan Tin, the world’s largest producer of refined tin, arrested and charged with taking 20 million yuan in bribes. The Yunnan government website said Lei had taken money from Leed’s chairman Li Hongtao to help smooth the way for Leed to buy Yunnan Tin’s 45 per cent stake in a private college which both companies had set up in 2009.

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October 14: Six Chinese Communist Party officials sentenced to between four and 14 years in jail for torturing another official to death. The six officials were convicted of intentional infliction of harm leading to death over the drowning in April of Yu Qiyi, 42, a chief engineer for a state-owned investment firm in the nearby city of Wenzhou. Yu had been dunked repeatedly in a bucket of ice-cold water.

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October 20: Ji Jianye, mayor of Nanjing, removed from his post for corruption. He was fired for "suspected serious disciplinary violations", Xinhua said.

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October 28: Han Junhong, the party secretary in Wangluo in the poor central province of Henan, suspended after running up unpaid bills of $115,000 at a speciality pig trotter restaurant.

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November 1: Tian Xueren, formerly a vice governor of the northeastern province of Jilin, jailed for life for taking bribes worth more than 19 million yuan ($3 million), the First Intermediate Court of Beijing said in a statement posted on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

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November 16: Ping Xing, chairman of Chengdu Hi-Tech Development, confirmed as under investigation since August for violations of Communist Party discipline, generally code for corruption on the mainland.

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November 18: Xu Jengjia, the party head of Yaan city, Sichuan province, removed from his post. A municipal government statement said the decision was made by the Communist Party’s Sichuan committee but did not mention the reason for Xu Jengjia’s removal.

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November 26: Li Dongguang, vice-president of Chalco, China's largest smelter of the lightweight metal, investigated due to "personal reasons".

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November 27: Cai Rongsheng, head of the student admissions office at Renmin University, investigated for corruption after being detained while trying to flee the country.

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November 29: Xu Jie, deputy chief of the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, under investigation for serious law and discipline violations. The 58-year-old has held various posts handling petitions from the public.

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November 30: Guo Youming, the vice-governor of the central province of Hubei, removed from his post after China’s corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), announced a probe into the official for “suspected serious disciplinary violations”.

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December 1: Dai Chunning, deputy general manager at China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, “suspected of serious discipline violations and currently under investigation”.

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December 12: Xiong Xiong, senior editor with Beijing’s most popular newspaper, the Beijing Youth Daily, arrested on graft charges, accused of taking more than 1 million yuan (HK$1.3 million) in bribes.

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December 17: Wen Qingshan, chief accountant at China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), "summoned to assist the investigation" into the company graft case.

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December 20: Cao Jianliao, vice-mayor of Guangzhou and Communist Party chief of Zengcheng, investigated for “serious discipline violations”.

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December 20: Li Dongsheng, deputy national police chief with close ties to former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, suspected of serious violations of party rules and state laws.

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December 25: Chu Jian, vice-president of the prestigious Zhejiang University, arrested for suspected corruption. Chu, appointed in 2005 as vice-president of the university in the eastern city of Hangzhou, held over "suspected economic problems".

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December 28: Yang Gang, 60, former deputy Communist Party chief in Xinjiang, investigated over "severe violations of discipline and the law".

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December 29: Li Chongxi, chairman of Sichuan provincial committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), investigated by the authority under suspicion of serious discipline and law violations.

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December 30: Top city officials, schools administrators and corporate executives were among the more than 50 Hunan provincial lawmakers sacked as part of a massive vote-buying investigation centred on Hengyang city.

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December 30: Li Chongxi, a top member of the political advisory body in Sichuan province, who once served as an aide to former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, is under investigation for corruption.

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January 2: Li Chongxi, a top member of the political advisory body in Sichuan province, who once served as an aide to former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, is under investigation for corruption.

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January 8: Chinese businessman Ji Lichang accused of acquiring jade for former Anhui deputy governor Ni Fake in return for mining rights and land the businessman could use for his metal company.

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January 10: Zhou Bin, 41, elder son of retired senior leader Zhou Yongkang, under formal detention and the family has sought lawyers to prepare his defence against possible bribery allegations.

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January 13: Former vice-president of state-backed Sinopharm, Shi Jinming, investigated for alleged corruption.

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January 15: Liu Xueku, 60, former director of Hebei province’s reform commission was apprehended by anti-graft authorities during the annual gathering of the provincial people’s congress.

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January 16: Gu Junsha, senior PLA official, said to be at the centre of a massive corruption investigation.

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January 16: Wang Wen, vice president of an academic institute in Yunnan Province has been suspended after screenshots of video footage showing him having sex with his young colleague went viral online.

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