Oil slick of corruption spreads in Sinopec probe

Source:Globaltimes.cn Published: 2013-9-2 17:41:00

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Jiang latest scalp in graft crackdown
The Communist Party of China (CPC)'s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) made the brief announcement on its website on Sunday about Jiang Jiemin, head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council, without giving further details.

4 CNPC execs suspended over official investigation
The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Asia's largest oil and gas producer, confirmed on Thursday that it has decided to remove its four senior executives under investigation for "serious violations of discipline" from their posts.

The CNPC has appointed Liu Hongbin, Wen Qingshan, Zhao Zhengzhang and Zhao Wenzhi to take over their positions.

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High-level Clampdown
        on Corruption

Highlight: High-ranking officials under graft investigation since the 18th Party Congress

Aug 22, 2013  Bo Xilai,  former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a former member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, stood open trial Thursday on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in East China's Shandong Province. 
Jul 8, 2013 Liu Zhijun, former railways minister, who was given a suspended death penalty in early July for bribery and abuse of power. 
Jul 6, 2013
Li Daqiu, former vice chairman of the Guangxi Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and chairman of the Guangxi Federation of Trade Unions is under investigation for suspected disciplinary violations. 
Jun 30, 2013
Wang Suyi, former head of the United Front Work Department under the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region's Committee of the CPC, is investigated for suspected disciplinary violations. 
Jun 24, 2013  Guo Yongxiang, former chairman of Sichuan's provincial federation of literary and art circles, is being investigated for suspected disciplinary violations. 

Guo had formerly been a member of the standing committee of the CPC Sichuan provincial committee and a vice governor of Sichuan Province. 
Jun 4, 2013  Ni Fake, former vice governor of Anhui Province is under investigation for alleged disciplinary violations. 
May 14, 2013  Liu Tienan, former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, is being probed for bribe-taking.
Dec 5, 2012  Li Chuncheng, former vice secretary of the CPC Committee of Sichuan Province, was sacked in December over suspected "serious disciplinary violations."


Global Times:
Jiang probe boosts confidence in anti-graft system
Clean governance is a virtue advocated by Chinese culture but it is difficult to achieve it without effective institutions. Now the government has started to build clean government through institution building, corrupt officials will face merciless punishment. Moreover, the government's power will be caged by empowering society to supervise. 

Governing officials key to ruling country
China has to find its own way of governing officials, which adds to its difficulties and challenges. Establishing the political concept of being an official, designating officials' motivation under the market economy and setting up an effective supervision system constitute the creation and improvement process of a complete political system. This should be the core of China's political reform.

The official Sina Weibo account of the Xinhua News Agency
With the previous investigation on four CNPC senior executives, the central government is showing its determination and strategies in launching an indiscriminate campaign against corruption. Monopoly is usually coupled by corruption, especially the non-market administrative monopoly, which not only leads to low efficiency, but also serves as the warm bed for corruption.  Reform is the only cure to eradicate monopoly and corruption through building a market economy operating based on rule of law.

The official Sina Weibo account of the People’s Daily
The recent anti-corruption storm sweeping through China's oil giants gave another warning that anyone who dares to cross the line would end up falling down from top of power. All corruption will be exposed to heavy price, whether they are "flies" or "tigers" since position and power offer no exception.

The Beijing News
For a long term, some key economic areas related to energy and finance have become the high-risk fronts exposed to corruption. These areas always feature huge monopoly profits and unsound internal supervision mechanism.

Whether it is investigation on Wang Yongchun or Jiang Jiemin, the public has responded actively with their opinion, which indicates the public has reached the common ground in caging the inflating monopoly power of State-owned enterprises and eliminate all corruption. No exception can be found in any area.

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        News Vocab

高管落马 gāoguǎn luòmǎ 

“高管” n. senior executives
“落马” v. be defeated in a battle or match; to fall; to be sacked(Source: 《新世纪汉英大词典》)
“高管落马” n. senior executives sacked

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