Another Senior Official under Investigation:
For Targeting Zhou Yongkang?
Recently, Wang Qishan, secretary of Central Commission for
Discipline Inspection (CCDI) went to Wuhan, Hubei to do
Within 10 days, two provincial-level officials
in Hubei were sent to investigate.
Sources say that the two officials have close ties with Zhou
Yongkang, former head of Central Political and Law Affairs
Committee (PLAC).They belong to Jiang Zemin’s faction.
Commentators say that every Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) official is corrupted.
Although Wang Qishan vowed to fight corruption,
he can’t truly solve the corruption issues.
He only strengthened the power for the new regime.
On Nov. 27, CCDI issued a notice that Guo Youming,
deputy governor of Hubei is suspected of severe violations
of discipline and the law.
Now he has been placed under an investigation.
Prior to this, Chen Baihuai, former deputy president
of Hubei Political Consultative Conference was also
under investigation for suspected disciplinary violation.
Being a deputy governor of Hubei, Guo Youming was
in charge of land and water resources, Three Gorges office,
water diversion, immigration and other aspects.
He co-manages the provincial meteorological bureau and oil.
He was also responsible for Yangtze River Water
In 1990s, Chen Baihuai and Guo served as deputy directors
of Hubei water resources.
The state-run media Xinhua news reported the investigation
of Guo is closely linked to the time when he worked in
Yichang, Hubei. It also related to Three Gorges Quantong
TGQ was the largest project while Guo
served as a key leader in Yichang.
It was also the biggest contract and the second
biggest private company in Hubei.
The total amount the company invested was 20 billion yuan.
However, the project stopped due to 7 billion yuan debts.
When TGQ faced bankruptcy, Yichang government took over
the company, and bought 51% of its stocks.
The company became a state-owned enterprise.
Sources said that the chief executive of TGQ, Liang Shichen
has close ties with Zhou Yongkang and Li Changchun.
When the first project launched, Li Changchun highly praised
On April 24, 2012, after the Bo Xilai incident, Zhou Yongkang
went to Yichang.
He firstly went to TGQ company, encouraging Liang Shichen.
According to Liang, Guo Youming treated him like a brother.
Guo sent people to hold an umbrella for Liang, and
gave Liang his coat to wear.
When Xinhua reported the news of the investigation of Guo’s
likely links with TGQ,it also dug out 13 corrupt officials above
ministry-level who were removed after CCP’s 18th Congress.
All of them belong to Jiang’s faction.
Zhang Jian, US-based China affairs observer: “Jiang’s allies
have many contacts in Hubei for several years.
I think Wang Qishan went there to clear out Jiang’s faction.
To look further at this direction, those who have ties with
Jiang’s faction, or those who are suspected by Xi Jinping
and Li Keqiang (Xi-Li) will likely be cleared out.
Zhou Yongkang is possibly a last weed.”
On November 23, Xinhua website reported that Wang Qishan
specially went to Central Inspection Committee’s old site
and showed his tribute with flowers.It shows his determination
to fight corruption.
Wang Qishan also said: “to forget the past is betrayal”, “to
establish the Central Inspection committee is to punish traitor”.
Zhang Jian: “Since Xi-Li took office, outsiders thought
the CCP strengthened the forces to fight corruption.
Since the CCP’s establishment, all the officials who were
removed because of corruption, actually were the result of
internal power struggles and splitting.
In the Third Plenary work report, the significance of
Wang Qishan was highlighted.
In the instructions, it demanded the disciplinary committee
of all levels “strengthen the supervision of party committee
and in particular the standing committee” and the dual
leadership for the Commission for Discipline Inspection.
The supervision status of Wang Qishan is made clear.
It sets the tone for Wang Qishan to control
personnel arrangement of the party officials.
Guo Yongfeng, organizer for promoting citizen supervision
in China: “Wang Qishan’s anti-corruption is meaningless and
solely to reinforce the rights and interests of the authorities.
It has nothing to do with anti-corruption or
social justice and fairness."
Political commentator Lan Zu believes the fifth-generation
CCP leaders are securing their power from wrestling with the
Jiang faction and other princelings such as Zeng Qinghong,
to seize power from local high-ranking officials.