Chinese Reporters Expose Corruption Using Their Real Names
Since last year, Mainland Chinese reporters have exposed and
taken down many corrupt officials, including those at high levels.
Recently, Wang Wenzhi, a Mainland Chinese reporter for Caijing
(Finance magazine), exposed a high level official
of state-owned enterprise., “China Resources Company"
(CRC) who is involved in corruption.
Although the reported content has been deleted,
many analysts say that prospects for overbearing chairman
of CRC, Song Lin, are unpredictable.
On July 17, Wang Wenzhi, certified on his Weibo microblog as
“Xinhua News Agency, Economic Information Daily Chief Reporter",
posted online using his real name that Song Lin, chairman
of CRC, and others are involved in massive corruption.
Wang said in his weibo post titled, “To the CCP Central
Discipline Inspection Commission," that Song
and other CRC high officials intentionally lost billions of
state assets in the purchase of the Shanxi company “Jinye".
Wang’s post was forwarded by many official media on
the same day; however, it soon removed.
According to Wang, China Resources Power, a subsidiary of
state-owned enterprise CRC, purchased 80% stake of “Jinye Group"
for ten billion yuan in 2010.
However, under Song Lin’s instruction, CRC’s acquisition
of assets evaluation was 5 billion yuan ($814 million) .
It is more than the competitor’s bid, and was illegally
paid in advance, which results in a loss of billions of state assets.
NTD reporter spoke to related personnel
at CRC and CR Power.
Mr. Liang of CRC: “This has created a very bad image
for our reputation and our leaders."
Ms. Du, CR Power office clerk:
“We at CR Power will soon give a formal response."
Hong Kong commentator He Liangliang told Radio Free Asia
that Wang Wenzhi posted the reported on the internet,
which is entirely different from the publishing articles in his
He Liangliang, Hong Kong commentator: “I’ve learned that
his post was later removed from weibo.
CRC is a vice-ministerial level state-owned enterprise.
Is it Wang Wenzhi’s personal action,
or does it relate to some kind of official authority behind him?
It must be a very high level authority that ordered to
remove Wang’s report.
Is it someone who wants to protect Song Lin?
Now we need to see how the Central Discipline Inspection
Commission, headed by Wang Qishan, will deal with this matter."
Actually, on June 9, a netizen pen named “Citizen Li Jianjun,"
had reported Song Lin on his personal weibo account.
In addition, this netizen had also previously posted articles
denouncing Song Lin, but the related account was closed.
A reporter for BBC’s Chinese language website found, via
a web search, a message from Li Jianjun on June 9.
It said, “Regarding the report on CRC chairman Song Lin with
my real name: This is a transaction which should not happen—
because the closing of acquisition project
of “Datong Coal Mine Group",
CRC suddenly purchased invalid assets which missing
warrants for three times the price;
according to the contract, should not pay any money,
however, they have actually paid 8 billion ($1.3 billion) illegally."
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported that CRC chairman,
Song Lin, has an unusual relationship with
former Chinese Communist Party leader
Chen Yun’s son in law Chen Xinhua.
In 2001, as a chairman of CRC, Chen Xinhua
promoted Song Lin.
In the following years, Song Lin was seen as the upbringing
successor and governed four of the the CRC’s five listed companies.
In 2008, Song Lin finally replaced Chen Xihua
as chairman of the group.
It’s known that since Song Lin is at the vice-ministerial level,
he’s had the chance to become a Central Committee in the 18th Congress,
however, since he took over CRC, he was criticized as
too arrogant and overbearing,
which arouses dissatisfaction among current high level
officials, so he couldn’t get into the 18th Congress.
Now that he’s been exposed by reporters
using their real names, his prospects are unpredictable.
Zhang Chengjue, Hong Kong freelance writer: “I think there
could have some honest reporters in the “Xinhua News Agency", but such an action has it’s risks.
I think the fact he’s brave enough to expose it is a good sign."
Lately, those in China doing reports with their real names
are mostly media reporters.
For example, Ji Xuguang, former “Southern Metropolis Daily"
reporter, exposed the sex scandal of Chongqing official, Lei Zhengfu, who was sentenced to 13 years.
Luo Changping, deputy editor of Caijing, exposed former
National Development and Reform Commission deputy
director and Energy Bureau secretary Liu Tienan.
Liu Tienan has now been dismissed.