Anti-graft watchdog warns China Three Gorges Corporation over discipline breaches

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 12:03pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 12:03pm

China Three Gorges Corporation, the state-owned company which operates the world’s biggest hydropower project, was reported to have received a warning from the Communist Party’s top anti-graft watchdog over various discipline breaches including widespread nepotism and economic irregularities.

The Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) on Monday gave the feedback to the group after conducting a two-month-long investigation from the end of last October to December. Hou Kai, director of the CCDI ninth inspection team, pointed out problems found during the investigation, including officials allowing secret project bidding, abusing their power to hire relatives and occupying multiple apartments, Xinhua reported.

The investigation is part of the second round of graft inspections as per President Xi Jinping’s instruction for central leadership to lead a campaign against corruption. Since last June CCDI has carried out the first round of graft inspections, sending ten groups of discipline inspectors to investigate five provinces, three large state-owned enterprises, a central government ministry and a university. The inspection was closed in August after revealing a number of problems and evidence of graft, Xinhua reported

The second round began last October to inspect Xinhua, the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Ministry of Commerce, the Three Gorges Corporation and six more provinces.

Further problems revealed in the investigation of the Three Gorges Corporation included excessive office space, excessive purchase of official vehicles, and official extravagance, Xinhua said. CCDI inspectors criticised the group’s decision-making process for its lack of transparency and advised the group to investigate related officials and handle the cases effectively.

Cao Guangjing, the Three Gorges group party secretary, said the group would take the inspection feedback seriously.

“We accept and endorse the inspector’s advice and will adopt measurements to rectify,” Cuo said.