Nightclub's superstar 'welcome' lands Henan official in trouble

A night club "welcomed" Tian by displaying his name and title on an electronic banner. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

Having your name in lights inside a nightclub is perhaps not the best idea when your party is openly cracking down on the extravagent lifestyles of its members. 

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 12:40pm

Video: Man berates soldier for giving civilian a ride in military car

In a video clip which went viral on China’s social network sites, a man is seen berating a Chinese soldier who had given a woman civilian a ride in a vehicle bearing a Guangzhou military plate.

28 Feb 2013 - 2:15pm 1 comment

'Why are convicted officials getting out early?'

A man leaves the Guiyang Intermediate People's Court in Guizhou province. Photo: Reuters

Even behind bars, life seems easier for China’s party cadres and former officials.

For one thing, jailed officials seemed more likely to get parole than their cellmates, said an editorial by China Youth Daily on Thursday.

21 Feb 2013 - 11:00pm

Secrets revealed after Beijing firm busted for helping cadres delete negative reports

Search company Baidu has been linked to a police investigation involving a business that helps clients take down negative coverage online. Photo: Reuters

A secretive business that uses dubious tactics to take down negative stories on the internet for clients has reaped millions of yuan, according to an investigation by China’s Caixin Magazine published on Monday.

20 Feb 2013 - 6:49pm 1 comment

Retired official says family no longer receives heavy lai see packets

Lai See packets. Photo: Edmond So

A retired Chinese official said he was disappointed that old acquaintances, who used to give his children lai see packets containing thousands of yuan, did not give them any this year, reported Xinhua state news agency this week.

15 Feb 2013 - 5:56pm 2 comments

Anger over luxury military cars spotted during CNY despite extravagance crackdown

A photo submitted by netizens showed a Maserati with a military plate in Beijing during the Lunar New Year. Photo: Weibo.

Despite Chinese Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping’s call to cut waste and end extravagance, luxury cars bearing military plates - among them a Maserati Quattroporte, an Audi Q7,a BMW X6 and several Land Rovers - were seen around the country during Chinese New Year.

15 Feb 2013 - 12:27pm 4 comments

Woman in Chongqing sex tape arrested on extortion charges

The woman believed to be Zhao Hongxia, as posted on Sina Weibo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The woman who appeared in a sex tape that forced a Chongqing district level party chief  to resign and triggered the expulsion of 10 other officials has been arrested and charged with extortion, reported

31 Jan 2013 - 11:48am

Businessman blackmailed officials after filming them having sex, say reports

Lei Zhengfu. Photo: SCMP

Using young women as bait, Chongqing businessman Xiao Ye lured at least a dozen Chongqing officials into a “honey trap”. 

He secretly videotaped them having sex with the women. Xiao then demanded the officials give him lucrative government contracts, China’s Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

31 Jan 2013 - 11:35am

Shanghai official lists property 20pc lower than market price

A residential area of Pudong in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

A Shanghai official seeking a quick sale has listed his 6.8 million yuan (HK$8.47 million) flat for only 5.6 million, China’s 21st Century Business Herald  reported on Friday.  

25 Jan 2013 - 2:42pm 1 comment