Ling Jihua

Ling Jihua

The Communist Party's top anti-graft body announced an investigation into Ling Jihua, head of the party's United Front Work Department and a deputy chairman of the CPPCC, on December 22, 2014. Ling had worked for years as the personal secretary of former President Hu Jintao and chief of the Party's General Office. Ling's expected rise to the Polituro was thwarted in 2012 after his son Ling Gu died in a scandalous car crash in Beijing. He became one of the highest-ranking party officials to fall in president Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign since latest 2012. 

Diverse work of disgraced top Chinese official Ling Jihua’s wife ‘all linked to his power base’

Disgraced senior Chinese official Ling Jihua's wife Gu Liping. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Gu Liping’s jobs ranging from NGO work, entrepreneurial mentorship and even journalism were all tied to the China Youth League

Thursday, 29 January, 2015, 6:46pm 3 comments

Authorities hold CCTV producer Luo Fanghua, a member of Ling Jihua's extended family

Luo Fanghua is the wife of Gu Yuanxu (above), brother-in-law of Ling Jihua.

The wife of fallen political star Ling Jihua's brother-in-law has been taken away for questioning, amid a widening corruption probe centred on the ex-aide to former president Hu Jintao.

18 Jan 2015 - 9:23am 1 comment

China takes rare step of naming Communist Party factions tied to disgraced top cadres

Xinhua's article says members of the Secretary Gang included several top aides and former personal secretaries of Zhou Yongkang, including former Sichuan vice-governor Guo Yongxiang (from left), former chairman of the Sichuan political advisory committee Li Chongxi, and former deputy governor of Hainan province Ji Wenlin.

Xinhua has made a rare acknowledgment of factions within the Communist Party, and named key members who are tied to disgraced top cadres Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua.

5 Jan 2015 - 6:54pm 22 comments

China removes Ling Jihua, ex-Hu Jintao aide, from Communist Party's United Front Work Department job

Analysts say Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is likely to face the same fate as  Bo Xilai, the disgraced former Chongqing party chief who was jailed for life for corruption in 2013. Photo: Reuters

China’s Communist Party has officially removed Ling Jihua from his job as head of the party’s United Front Work Department and replaced him with Sun Chunlan, current party chief of Tianjin.

31 Dec 2014 - 5:08pm 1 comment

Chinese officials warned to clean up their act and rein in corrupt family members

Ling Jihua and his siblings are under investigation for graft. Photo: Reuters

A state media commentary on Friday called on party cadres to clean up their act and put their house in order as it alleged that family members of disgraced senior official Ling Jihua had become corrupted.

26 Dec 2014 - 9:54pm 2 comments

Business group of Ling Jihua's nephew touted top official ties

A subsidiary of Linghu Jian's company worked with the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2008.

Mainland media unleashed an exposé on the business dealings of Ling Jihua's nephew and his mother, focusing on a public relations and advertising business.

24 Dec 2014 - 5:15am

Investors rush to cash in shares linked to Ling family

Investors rush to cash in shares linked to Ling family

Shares of the seven listed firms linked to the family of Ling Jihua fell as probes into the top aide to former president Hu Jintao prompted investors to cash out amid fears of a further slide.

24 Dec 2014 - 5:15am

Ling Jihua 'to face same fate as Bo Xilai'

Ling Jihua is the latest "big tiger" to be targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign. Photo: Reuters

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is likely to face the same fate as disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, mainland analysts say.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:04am 7 comments

Timeline: Life and career of Ling Jihua, the disgraced top aide of former Chinese leader Hu Jintao

Ling Jihua next to generals Guo Boxiong, Xu Qiliang at the closing of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 14 November 2012. Photo: AFP

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide to former president Hu Jintao, is being investigated by the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog, it said on Monday. 

Ling, 58, was under investigation for "suspected serious disciplinary violations", a term that usually refers to corruption, a statement read. 

5 Jan 2015 - 8:27pm 1 comment

The rise and fall of brother of Ling Jihua, ex-aide to former president Hu Jintao

Journalist-turned-businessman Ling Wancheng (left) is the brother of Ling Jihua, the one-time chief of staff of former president Hu Jintao. Photos: SCMP, Reuters

With his rimless glasses, dapper shirts and neat, close-cropped hair, Wang Cheng cut an athletic figure on Beijing's top golf courses.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:43am

China's state media only carries bare bones reports on Ling Jihua corruption probe

Mainland China's state-run newspapers widely carried short reports on the corruption inquiry into former presidential aide Ling Jihua. Photo montage: Evangeline Lam

State-run media on the mainland have given prominent coverage to a short report about the corruption investigation into former presidential aide Ling Jihua, but have largely run only the brief statement from Xinhua.

24 Dec 2014 - 5:05am 1 comment

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

His name means "planning", but being investigated for alleged corruption was likely the last thing one-time Communist Party stalwart administrator Ling Jihua had on his to-do list.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:36am 10 comments

Ling Jihua, former aide to China's ex-president Hu Jintao, placed under graft probe

Ling Jihua is under investigation by party graft-busters. Photo: Reuters

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide to former president Hu Jintao , is being investigated by the nation's anti-graft watchdog.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a brief statement yesterday that 58-year-old Ling was under investigation for "suspected serious disciplinary violations", a term that usually refers to corruption. It gave no further details.

23 Dec 2014 - 2:42pm 10 comments

Ling Jihua, senior China official believed to be graft probe target, gushes support for President Xi

Ling Jihua's 4,000-word article, published in Qiushi magazine on Monday, quotes President Xi Jinping at least 16 times. Photo: Reuters

As mainland media continue to unveil unsavoury business dealings involving the family of Ling Jihua, the former presidential aide has kept active in political life.

18 Dec 2014 - 5:55pm 5 comments

Tigers and Flies: the Chinese Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign

Tigers and Flies: the Chinese Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign

Two years into President Xi Jinping's massive anti-corruption campaign in China, we have collected all the Communist Party's announcements of graft probes since Xi's rise to power.

The data show how graft probes have spread across the nation and intensified since early 2014.

22 Dec 2014 - 9:17pm 6 comments

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