Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Tianjin police chief detained by CCDI for alleged corruption

Wu Changshun held after anti-graft team says it found evidence of rampant problems in the city, including in the state-owned sector

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 July, 2014, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 6:15pm

The head of the police in Tianjin has been detained for suspected corruption.

The Communist Party's anti-graft agency said yesterday that Wu Changshun (pictured) has been held for suspected serious violations of law and party discipline, a phrase often used to refer to corruption.

Wu is also a deputy chairman of the municipality's political advisory body.

No other details were given about the allegations against Wu.

He made his last public appearance on July 11 when he took part in a live two-hour radio programme in Tianjin, answering questions about security, household registration and transportation, Xinhua reported.

Two days prior, the party's anti-graft agency published a report on the city, with inspectors highlighting "rampant corruption" within state-owned companies as well as the construction sector.

Inspectors said they had discovered growing problems of "procrastination and passive attitudes" among officials and flagged up concerns over cadres' appointments and other issues.

Inspectors said they had given evidence of officials suspected of corruption to the agency's investigators and the Communist Party's Organisation Department.

Professor Hu Xingdou, a political commentator at the Beijing Institute of Technology, said it had become common for officials to face investigation soon after anti-graft inspectors toured cities and provinces.

"Every official appears to be a good public servant until he or she faces corruption charges. It shows the existing mechanism is not successful in preventing corruption," Hu said.

Wu, 60, began his career at age 16 in the city's traffic police bureau and has spent his entire career in the public security system.

He became the city's police chief in 2005.

Mainland media reported yesterday that Wu was implicated in the corruption investigation into Song Pingshun , the former chairman of the city's political advisory body, who killed himself in 2007 after he found he was the subject of a graft probe.

Song was expelled from the party after his death for having a mistress and for abuse of power.

The Legal Evening News reported Wu was allegedly under investigation following Song's death, but he emerged unscathed.

The Beijing News reported that Song was Wu's boss in the 1990s when Song was police chief and later deputy mayor overseeing public security.