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Chen Xitong

Chen Xitong was the mayor of Beijing between 1983 and 1993. He was widely believed to be one of the key decision-makers within the Communist Party of China responsible for the bloody crackdown of a student-led democracy movement in Beijing in 1989, which led to the death of at least hundreds of students. Chen was stripped of his party membership in 1997 in a corruption investigation and was sentenced to 16 years in jail in 1998. He died of cancer on June 2, 2013. 

Disgraced former party chief freed on medical parole

Former Beijing party boss Chen Xitong has been released on medical parole after serving eight years of his 16-year jail sentence for corruption in one of the most high-profile cases to affect the top echelons of the Communist Party leadership.

Monday, 24 July, 2006, 12:00am

Over 4,500 Beijing party members punished for graft

More than 4,500 Beijing party members have been disciplined for graft-related violations over the past five years, a party official said.

19 May 2002 - 12:00am

Graftbusters set to target senior cadres

BEIJING may cast its anti-corruption net wider by tackling graft cases involving ministerial-level cadres or above.

Almost invariably, officials convicted of corruption or related crimes are only up to the level of vice-minister, vice-governor or equivalent.

28 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Shoddy station 'a symbol of graft'

Beijing's western railway station is a textbook example of shoddy standards and corruption which should serve as a warning on all new state infrastructure projects, the China Economic Times says.

The station was a pet project of disgraced Beijing party boss Chen Xitong and was opened in 1995 by Li Peng as part of the capital's bid to host the Olympic Games.

3 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Bafflement at Clinton's confession

US PRESIDENT Bill Clinton's televised confession last week to an 'inappropriate' relationship with Monica Lewinsky had many on the mainland bemused.

23 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Court throws out disgraced Chen's appeal

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed an appeal by disgraced Beijing party chief Chen Xitong against a 16-year jail term for corruption and an order to return all bribes.

The verdict ends the case as no further appeals are allowed.

21 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Rule of law

BY China's standards, former Beijing mayor Chen Xitong got off lightly. Sixteen years in prison for corruption and dereliction of duty might seem harsh in Hong Kong terms, but it is light for the mainland, compared with sentences meted out to lowlier criminals and for lesser crimes. Chen may be released within five years.

2 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

A Big Tiger protects his friends

The conviction of Chen Xitong poses as many questions as it answers.

The 16-year jail term will go some way towards mollifying popular anger at the putative head of the Beijing 'mafia', the mastermind of perhaps the largest corruption ring in China since 1949.

1 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Corrupt boss let off lightly, say Beijingers

Beijingers said corrupt former party secretary Chen Xitong should have got more than 16 years in jail for his crimes.

1 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Tougher graft penalties promised

BEIJING party secretary Jia Qinglin vowed yesterday to punish corrupt officials with extra severity.

But the authorities have yet to conclude long-delayed proceedings against Mr Jia's predecessor and ousted Politburo member Chen Xitong.

Speaking at the eighth Beijing Municipal Party Congress, Mr Jia said the city would devote more effort to anti-graft work.

14 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Trade-off reassessment of June 4 crackdown proposed

Moderate intellectuals and cadres in the Communist Party have proposed a 'compromise formula' for the question of the reassessment of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

31 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Tiananmen judgment 'will never change'

Beijing will never reverse its verdict on the 1989 democracy movement and its suppression, Justice Minister Xiao Yang declared yesterday.

'The party and the people have already arrived at a correct judgment of that incident and there will be no change in that,' he said.

He added that 'correct handling' had ensured the long-term stability of China.

17 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Rivals clash over handling of Chen case

Rivalry between President Jiang Zemin and National People's Congress (NPC) Chairman Qiao Shi has intensified over how the case of disgraced Beijing party boss Chen Xitong should be handled.

21 May 1997 - 12:00am

Party poised to kick out shamed boss

Disgraced Beijing party boss Chen Xitong is likely to be expelled from the party at the forthcoming 7th Party Plenum, sources said yesterday.

The August meeting would conclude the investigation into Chen's corruption scandal, a Beijing source said.

'The party has decided to expel Chen. Chen will face criminal charges and a trial,' sources said.

1 May 1997 - 12:00am

Top officials axed for 'incompetence'

Heads have rolled in the Beijing municipal Government with both its finance and tourism directors sacked for being 'politically incompetent'.

Xinhua (the New China News Agency) announced last night that the Beijing Municipal People's Congress had approved the removal of Sun Jiaqi and Dong Chunsheng as the city's finance and tourism directors.

26 Jul 1996 - 12:00am