France seems to be the preferred destination for fleeing mainland bureaucrats, with the second revelation in as many days of a grass-roots level mainland official apparently seeking shelter overseas.
Xin Weimin , a deputy head of downtown Shanghai's swanky Luwan district, was confirmed 'missing' during a recent official visit to France, according to news365.com, a portal run by the Shanghai municipal government.
The news came hot on the heels of the alleged defection to France of Yang Xianghong , a municipal-level Communist Party cadre from Wenzhou , in Zhejiang province , who has insisted on staying in Paris for more than two weeks after rounding off an official tour this month.
But unlike Mr Yang, Mr Xin was not among the party ranks.
A senior member of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang (RCCK), one of the eight non-communist 'democratic' parties, Mr Xin covered education, sport and public health in his portfolio in Luwan, which includes the Xintiandi district.
Mr Xin also held a seat at the People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top advisory body.
Shanghai's political scene has been calm since former city party boss Chen Liangyu was jailed for 18 years in April for the massive pension fund scandal.
A spokesperson of the RCCK's Shanghai branch said the organisation was aware of Mr Xin's disappearance in France yet refused to make any further comment, according to news365.com.