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Links 1 through 10 of 115 by David Bandurski tagged corruption

In an official commentary posted to the internet late last night and promoted to the top of its web portal site on Friday, Xinhua News Agency said the recent Fourth Plenum of the 18th CCP Central Committee held in Beijing was "a historic milestone in the building of rule of law in China." The "Decision" (决定) emerging from the plenum, Xinhua said, "clearly and thoroughly promoted the overall objective of ruling the nation in accord with the constitution, setting major tasks and making a series of new judgements and new deployments" for achieving this objective. Nevertheless, the overarching power of the Party was made clear: "In handling China's matters well," said Xinhua, "the crux lies with the Party; and in promoting rule of the nation in accord with the law, the most fundamental guarantee is the Party."

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Liu Qibao, China's recently appointed minister of propaganda and the former Party chief in Sichuan province, has now been missing from the public eye for more than a week, ever since he was abruptly replaced on an official tour to North Korea, Laos and Vietnam. Now, media in Hong Kong have apparently refuted December 1 reports suggesting Liu had returned to his native Anhui province following the death of his mother. The Singtao Daily reported today that it contacted the Party branch chief in Liu Qibao's hometown, who responded to rumors of Liu's absence by saying: "No. No. The old woman is still here. This information is pure fabrication. . . Right now she's still living in Jinba Village (金壩村). How could information spread saying she has passed away?" Media reported on Tuesday that the deputy Party secretary of Sichuan province has now been detained pending investigation for corruption. It is possible that this investigation has either implicated Liu Qibao.

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Chinese media report today that Zheng Beiquan (郑北泉), the former deputy head of police in Guangdong's Yingde City (英德市), is under investigation for corruption. In September, accusations about Zheng Beiquan's "serious economic problems" were posted to a number websites by an informant claiming to be Xie Longsheng (谢龙生), another local deputy policy chief.

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The Southern Metropolis Daily reports that member of the Guangdong delegation to the 18th National Congress of the CCP said over the weekend that the Party must ensure that "naked officials" -- those who send their family members to live overseas while in office -- must not be appointed to senior positions. The delegate, Huang Xianyao (黄先耀), who heads up the provincial-level discipline inspection authority in Guangdong, said many corrupt officials arranged to send their relatives and family members overseas, or to Hong Kong and Macau, before their cases were discovered.

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According to a report from the official Weibo of Heilongjiang Morning Post, a section of the Yangmingtan Bridge (阳明滩大桥) in the city of Harbin -- opened for traffic for less than a year -- collapsed at around 5:30 a.m. this morning. At least 3 people died in the collapse, and 5 injuries are reported.

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In a report today, the official China News Service reviews the discussion in China over the need for fairer income distribution (policies to support the lower and middle classes), pointing out that pending plans for income distribution have been touted every year since 2004, always fizzling. Meanwhile, income disparity in China has continued to rise. According to the China News Service report, the wealth of the wealthiest 10% of Chinese in 1988 was 7.3 times that of the poorest 10%. In 2010, Wang Xiaolu (王小鲁), the deputy head of the China Reform Foundation's National Economic Research Institute (NERI), said that per capita income among the wealthiest 10% of Chinese families was 65 times greater than that of the poorest 10% of families.

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According to a report from Heilongjiang TV, two men were killed during the demolition of a home in the city of Daqing on May 15. The report said that villager Li Baolin (李宝林) had gone out to buy feed for the more than 100 pigs he and his wife Yu Shuyun (于淑云) were raising on their property. While Yu was at home waiting for her husband to return, several men arrived with a backhoe to demolish the wall surrounding the courtyard of their home. Yu went out to plead with the men, and her husband soon returned as well. According to Yu, as they were telling the driver of the backhoe to stop, her husband was suddenly pinched between the backhoe bucket and the carriage and started coughing up blood. When people yelled for the driver of the backhoe, Liu Jifeng (刘继峰) to stop and help Li, the driver leaned out and was crushed by the arm of the machine. Both men were killed in the accident.

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The China Red Cross (中国红十字), which faced scandal in June 2011 over the alleged private use of charity funds, is now under the spotlight again after media reported that a donation of more than 10,000 bicycles meant for poverty-stricken rural areas went to state-owned enterprises and retired Party cadres instead.

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In a piece published in the most recent edition of the official Party journal Qiushi (求是), and shared across China's internet today, Premier Wen Jiaobao (温家宝) calls for great government transparency, "creating the conditions for the people to monitor the government." The piece, drawn from Premier Wen's March 26 speech on clean governance at the State Council, comes right on the heels of the official announcement last week that former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai has been removed from the Party's Central Committee for "serious discipline violations."

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Caixin Media reports today that Wang Pengfei (王鹏飞), the top police official in Chongqing's Yubei District (渝北), is now under investigation for his alleged role in aiding the escape of former police chief Wang Lijun to the US Consulate in Chengdu on February 6, 2012. It is now known that Wang Lijun sought asylum during his meeting with US officials in what became one of China's biggest political scandals in decades. The incident prompted the eventual removal of Bo Xilai as the top leader of Chongqing, an apparent end to his bid to enter the Party's powerful Politburo Standing Committee this fall. According to Caixin, Wang Pengfei is alleged to have provided the vehicle Wang Lijun used to drive from Chongqing to Chengdu.

  王鹏飞毕业于中国刑事警察学院,曾长期在辽宁省铁岭市公安系统任职,先后担任过铁岭县公安局局长、铁岭市公安局副局长、盘锦市公安局副局长,跟王立军在铁岭多年共事。
  在王立军调任重庆后,他也于2010年末调重庆市公安局任职。2011年2月27日,王鹏飞由重庆市公安局调任渝北区公安分局局长;2011年8月25日,他又兼任渝北区副区长。

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