Head of China Geological Survey expelled from Party for suspected bribery and disclosure of state secrets
Published: Jun 21, 2024 05:40 PM
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Zhong Ziran

The head of China Geological Survey affiliated with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Zhong Ziran, was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for serious violations of duty and suspected crimes of bribery and intentional disclosure of state secrets, the country's top anti-graft body announced on Friday.

Zhong was investigated for serious violations of disciplines and laws, was subject to disciplinary review and supervision investigation by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and the National Supervisory Commission, previous media reports showed.

The subsequent investigation by the anti-graft body showed that Zhong has lost his beliefs, acted in a disloyal and dishonest way toward the Party, resisted organizational scrutiny and engaged in superstitious activities.

Disregarding the spirit of the central eight-point rules, issued by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in December 2012, he accepted gifts and money, attended banquets that could affect the fair execution of his official duties.

He also violated organizational principles by not truthfully reporting personal matters, not truthfully explaining issues when questioned by Party officials, and accepting money in staff recruitment work.

Zhang breached the minimum standards of integrity, engaged in power-for-sex and money-for-sex transaction, used powers related to geological surveys, mineral development as tools for bribery and corruption, including exploiting official positions to seek profits for others in enterprise operations, according to the top anti-graft body.

The official also violated national confidentiality regulations by deliberately leaking state secrets.

Zhong's behavior seriously violated the Party's political disciplines, organizational disciplines, integrity disciplines, constituting a serious violation of duty and suspected crimes of bribery and intentional disclosure of state secrets.