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Party accused of covering up official's lavish lifestyle

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 4:26am

A young television anchor who exposed a philandering State Archives Administration official, has accused the Communist Party's General Office, where the man previously worked, of trying to cover up the scandal.

Ji Yingnan, a 25-year-old anchorwoman on the China Travel & Economic Channel, said yesterday the State Archives had passed on a message from the General Office asking her to "seek formal channels" to solve the case, instead of "expanding [negative] influence".

Ji said that exposing her affair with Fan Yue, a deputy director-general of the State Archives' policy and legal affairs office, had been her last option. "It forced me to leap out through the window and try the side door."

She posted details of the affair on her verified Sina Weibo microblog on Friday, saying Fan gave her 10,000 yuan (HK$12,500) daily, and bought her an Audi worth 700,000 yuan in late 2009 and a white Porsche worth more than 1.3 million yuan last summer. The posts were soon removed and she has been banned from microblogging - on Sina and Tencent - since Friday.

Ji said she tried "formal channels", for example, reporting the case to the party committee of the State Archives Administration, the secretariat bureau of the party's General Office and the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in the past few months, but had been either blocked by security guards or had her reports ignored.

The Friday post sparked questions on how a mid-level official could fund such a lavish lifestyle.

Ji said that when they met in 2009, Fan told her that he managed an information technology firm in Beijing. She later discovered that he was a civil servant, but was told that he worked in a department that dealt with confidential affairs and was not allowed to tell her more.

State Archives Administration spokesman Guo Siping, who is also Fan's supervisor, told Xinhua that Fan had resigned, but "what the female whistle-blower described was not completely true, even though Fan did have problems", Zhongguowangshi, a Xinhua microblog reported yesterday. The post was later deleted and related report removed from the Xinhuanet.com news portal.

Calls to the State Archives went unanswered yesterday.



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Being pretty familiar with those cases in Beijing, not a surprise. Sugar daddies are all around, explaining why pretty young girls drive around in expensive cars. Both are to be blamed. Come on, 10,000 RMB per day? If per month, would seem a bit more reasonable but Chinese men are at the top to spend money like crazy on those girls. Where is this money coming from? Oh I see, this is why the postings are being removed by the censors. The system is rotten to the core. Cover it up quickly. Not much pity for the girl either, a real bloodsucker as there are so many around here. Who knows she is telling the truth? Fortunately not all Chinese girls are like that.
I usually would rant about the corruption. However recently many of those minor wife or girlfriend try to destroy the life of officers in China. I have to admit I have absolutely no respect for someone who willfully benefited from all this money and then turns around and tries to look like they do it for the right reason. **** if he is guilty of corruption, then she should also be guilty of living on the result of corruption.
How can a corrupt archives official have so much money? By selling archives illegally? If he's bad, she's guilty as well. Scary just to think about how people in more lucrative positions can do to make themselves rich...
Come on guys, be fair...she's just trying to be the next Mrs. Murdoch!!
seems he likes little boys also
that is a little boy dressed like a girl, isnt it?
Only a Mid-level civil servant, not even tip of iceberg. Now I get why parents want their children to work as civil servants.
Is corruption everyday fact in China? That's beyond the shadow of the doubt.
Are alleged corruptions bandied about in Weibo or elsewhere true stories? Your opinion depends on the degree of gullibility and susceptibility to the Democracy cult.
To a large extent, corruption is an economic necessity. In developing countries, of which China is still one, the lack of well-defined commerce laws, legal, judicial institutions and processes present business risks. 小紅包 has become widely accepted practice to expedite licensing and limit transaction costs.
Corruption is a perpetual human condition that takes many forms. In the West, its art form is rent seeking and crony capitalism, which bypass letters of the law. Here, actual transaction fees are being relabeled into professional and advisory, i.e., legal and accounting, lobbying, etc., which have become necessary in transparency, tax and legal compliance.
Stripped off political contents, academic curiosity calls for the study of the actual cost of business transactions by country, upon which many hypotheses are based. Ultimately, all bribes or professional fees are priced into goods and services.
Crony capitalism is just as insidious as bribes. In 2008 financial meltdown, investment bankers fleeced Americans with Ponzi scheme to the tune of hundreds of billions for 7 years. The cost is 17 trillion dollar destruction of US wealth -- out of 70T globally.
This dirty old man enjoys the cheesecake. That too, is a human condition.
Is prostitution illegal in China? Isn't that what this amounts to?
this dude was living large... look at the reflection... rocking it out on a fancy yacht
Red Cross, anyone?



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