Corruption in China

Engineering and construction hotbed of corruption

Industry officials say corruption is rampant in the energy sector because of the high concentration of power at the top. Photo: EPA

In March last year, after getting government approval to go ahead with a US$900 million refinery expansion in Fujian province, state-run oil giant Sinopec Corp warned the team handling the project against taking bribes.

Saturday, 28 September, 2013, 2:42am 4 comments

Chinese police bring 2 suspects back from Malaysia

A policeman walks past the gate of Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing.Photo: AP

Police have escorted two Chinese men accused of involvement in economic crimes back from Malaysia, including one who fled China eight years ago, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The Malaysian law enforcement authorities helped the Chinese police to apprehend the suspects who were hiding in Malaysia, the ministry said in a statement on Friday on its website.

15 Jun 2013 - 11:56am

Public call on Chinese officials to declare assets goes viral on Weibo

A screenshot of the Weibo post by Liu Li.

A microblog post calling government officials to either declare their assets or retire from their positions has gone viral overnight on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Seized assets much more than case against disgraced rail boss Liu Zhijun

Former Chinese Railways Minister Liu Zhijun stands trial at Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Sunday. Photo: AP

Investigations into disgraced rail minister Liu Zhijun and other "related cases" have resulted in the recovery of almost 350 flats and more than 900 million yuan (HK$1.14 billion), according to a Beijing newspaper affiliated with Xinhua.

11 Jun 2013 - 1:38pm 9 comments

Groups decry blitz on mainland Chinese anti-graft activists

Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. Photo: AFP

More than a dozen anti-corruption activists in Beijing and Jiangxi province have been detained in the past two months after participating in or organising demonstrations calling for government officials to publicly disclose their assets, a number of human rights groups said in a joint statement issued yesterday.

11 Jun 2013 - 5:19am 1 comment

Former railways minister seeks leniency on corruption charges

Liu Zhijun attends a trial on Sunday for charges of corruption and abuse of power at a courthouse in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

The man once responsible for overseeing the mainland's notorious railways ministry went on trial in Beijing yesterday seeking a lenient verdict on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

10 Jun 2013 - 2:20am 2 comments

China ex-vice governor in Anhui province in corruption probe

A former provincial vice governor is under investigation for alleged disciplinary violations, state media reported on Tuesday, in the latest instance of a high-level clampdown on corruption.

Ni Fake, who was once the vice governor of Anhui province in eastern China, is being probed for “suspected serious disciplinary offences”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Confusion after Phoenix retracts report on callback of officials' children

Wang Qishan urges officials to discard membership cards in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

The Hong Kong-based news website Phoenix has apologised to its readers and retracted a report that the offspring of mainland officials had been told to return to China within a year after completing their studies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Luxury brands blame slowdown on China's gifting crackdown

Luxury brands feel the pinch as the mainland reins in gift-giving to curb corruption

The normally upbeat world of luxury goods, buoyed by Chinese demand, has been a little more sober and serious in recent months as slowing earnings at fashion houses and watch ateliers make as many headlines as their latest collections.

13 May 2013 - 10:33am 1 comment

Learn from the West on how to curb graft

President Xi Jinping said studying China's anti-corruption history and learning from the ancient anti-corruption culture would help promote the cause by using historical wisdom. Photo: AFP

Bao Zheng, a magistrate in Kaifeng, the capital of the Northern Song dynasty more than 1,000 years ago, has been immortalised in Chinese dramas and operas as a symbol of justice and the best known example of an honest and upright official throughout Chinese history.

22 Apr 2013 - 6:07am 4 comments

Ex-railways chief Liu Zhijun meddled with projects worth 175b yuan, court hears

Liu Zhijun

The Beijing News reported yesterday that Liu colluded with Shanxi businesswoman Ding Shumiao from the end of 2007 and granted railway projects to 23 state-owned firms Ding chose. Ding and her underlings consequently illegally obtained about 3.2 billion yuan, with about 2.4 billion yuan going to Ding alone.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:54am

Ex-railways chief Liu Zhijun charged with corruption

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun. Photo: AP

Prosecutors filed charges against Liu in Beijing's No 2 Intermediate Court yesterday, Xinhua reported, in a long-anticipated move in an investigation that had led to the dismantling of the sprawling Railways Ministry last month in a cabinet shake-up. A trial date would be announced "in due time", Xinhua said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

How far will China's crackdown on corruption go?

How far will China's crackdown on corruption go?

Incoming leader Xi Jinping has signalled that he wants to cut back on banquets, but it's too soon to say whether this means the Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign is for real, or is being used to manage public opinion.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am 2 comments

Mainland anger over corrupt cadre's early release from jail

Xi Jinping vows to crack down on corruption but the early release on parole of a disgraced Shanxi official spurs questions about integrity of Beijing's anti-graft drive. Photo: AP

Former Shanxi deputy party secretary Hou Wujie was jailed for 11 years in 2006 for taking 880,000 yuan in bribes, but mainland internet users discovered this week that he was released from jail more than a year ago.

22 Feb 2013 - 6:12am

Large luxury bed in official's office makes waves online

The luxury queen-sized bed and the government office in question. Photo: SCMP

A posting on one of the mainland's most popular forums, features seven photos, including the bed, an LCD television and a set of leather sofas in a large room. It claims the photos were taken in the office of He Haichang , director of the food bureau in Luliang, Shanxi.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment