China Concealing Truth About “Naked Officials"
China’s Communist regime is investigating naked officials,
officials with family living abroad, among civil servants
in local governments and enterprises.
But the results of investigations are being kept unannounced.
This fact has invoked the suspicion of many.
Let’s take a look.
Mainland Chinese media report that a nation wide survey
of naked officials finished at the end of July.
Remote areas such as Jiuquan City in Gansu Province,
or Guiyang City in Guizhou Province have publicly declared
that their region has “zero naked officials” after the survey.
But the majority of provinces have remained silent on their
survey results, claiming that it’s sensitive and inconvenient.
China’s former minister of supervision Ma Wen
had also previously insisted: No exact data on naked officials.
Mainland Chinese media say authorities are worried that
releasing the numbers on naked officials could draw
public concern and affect the image of local governments.
Ou Biaofeng, Southern Street Movement participant:
“Perhaps the number is too great and shocking to be revealed.
The one-party authoritarian regime is controlling it
to prevent the regime from being shaken."
The term “naked official” refers to mainland Chinese officials
or civil servants who work in China while their spouse
and children stay abroad as foreign citizens
or as permanent residents of a foreign country.
Li Xiangyang, human rights lawyer: “The naked official
phenomenon is widespread in the Chinese Communist regime.
The regime has been hiding it from the start.
This policy was set out because they can’t hide it any more.
But, if the data is released, it will cause instability to its
bureaucracy, which would be condemned."
The Party’s Organization Department issued a regulation
this year banning naked official from five job categories,
including the Party and state organs such as Party committees,
congress, the main political advisory body, disciplinary organs,
courts, and prosecutor; the state-owned enterprises; military,
foreign affairs, public security, national security, national
defense and technology; finance & banking supervision.
The survey of naked officials was conducted
by internal organizations.
Take Jiangxi Province as an example, the investigation was
done by the Cadre Supervision Division
of the local Party Committee’s Organization Department.
The survey was filled out by each individual employee.
The regulations say naked officials must chose to either have
overseas family members voluntarily give up their foreign
citizenship or the officials must transfer to a different post.
Those who decide to have their family return must have
them give up their foreign citizenship, while those who chose
to be transferred to a different post have yet to be relocated.
Li Xiangyang: “The procedure of the survey has determined
the inaccuracy of the number of naked officials.
The number is absolutely not credible.
For instance, those who have become the naked officials could
lie about their spouse and children’s whereabouts,
and they could continue staying overseas in the name
of business or going to school."
Guangdong Province is the only area to publish its data,
releasing that out of a total of nearly 2,200 naked officials,
nearly 870 of them, about 40 percent,
chose to be transferred to a different post.
Former security czar Zhou Yongkang’s son,
Zhou Bin, obtained a US passport due to his marriage;
former CCP leader Jiang Zemin’s son,
Jiang Mianheng, also holds an American passport;
former Vice President Zeng Qinghong’s son,
Zeng Wei, holds an Australian passport.
Li Chengyan, director of Peking University’s Research Centre
for Government Integrity Building, says that naked officials
are more likely to become corrupt officials, meanwhile,
corrupt officials will often choose to become naked officials.
Therefore, Li calls naked officials
“the corrupt official reserves.”
It has been reported that up to $3 trillion
has illegally flown out of China over the past 10 years.
Li Xiangyang: “The fundamental reason that naked officials
have come about in China is the corrupt authoritarian regime.
Everyone within it knows: This corrupt authoritarian regime
will not last long.
So first they quickly relocate assets and their children,
and then they too will flee overseas."
In China, people generally believe
that every Chinese Communist official is corrupt.
Among the 170 million Chinese who’ve renounced the CCP
and its affiliated organizations, many of them have done so
after seeing the corruption of the CCP.
The corruption has clearly shown the regime’s tyranny
and greed, leaving many completely disappointed in it.
Interview & Edit/Tang Yin Post-Production/Chen Jianmin