采访/易如 编辑/宋风 后制/李勇
Shanxi Provincial Party Secretary Newly Appointed, Business Sectors Affected
This year’s anti-corruption event seems focussed
on Shanxi Province.
So far, seven deputy provincial-level officials, five
of them, members of the standing committee in Shanxi
have been placed under investigation.
The provincial party secretary was replaced on Sept. 1.
Shanxi officialdom,s change has affected business sectors.
Is there any link behind the current investigation
into the political and commercial field?
Let,s take a look.
On Sept. 3, Wang Rulin, the newly appointed Shanxi Party
Secretary, showed up in publicfor the first time.
Wang resigned as Jinlin Party Secretary on Sept. 1,
and was appointed to Shanxi to replaced Yuan Chunqing.
What has drawn most people,s attention is that
the change-over meeting held in Shanxi was high-profile.
Liu Yunshan, head of the central propaganda
department came in person.
Normally, the deputy minister of central organization
announces the removal or appointment of ministry-level officials
including governor or provincial party secretary.
Hong Kong,s media say that Liu Yunshan,s appearance
shows the central regime treats this personnel move as important.
Liu also admitted that Shanxi,s political environment
has problems, the corruption situation is severe.
Chen Pokong, political commentator says that Liu Yunshan is
Jiang faction,s representative;
his son Liu Lefei has seized billions of assets.
Now that Liu Yunshan chairs the anti-corruption
meeting is great irony.
Chen Pokong: “That Liu Yunshan went to Shanxi to organize
Shanxi,s personnel changes, is a complete irony.
Actually, it is corrupt officials against each other.
Yet Liu is in charge of propaganda, he is neither a minister of
organization department, nor central disciplinary secretary.
That he went to Shanxi to chair the event is completely
beyond his authority.
It shows the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) high-level
is in a chaotic situation.”
On Aug. 29, the central disciplinary organs announced
via its website that Shanxi provincial standing committee,
minister of United Front Work Department Bai Yun, and
provincial deputy governor, Ren Runde, accused of
“serious violation of discipline,” were under investigation.
A week ago, the corruption investigation also included
Chen Chuanping, Taiyuan City Party Secretary;
Nie Chunyu, Shanxi provincial Party Secretary-General
and two other standing committee members.
Du Shanxue, deputy governor, and Ling Zhence, deputy chair,
Shanxi Committee of Political Consultative Conference,
Jin Daoming, deputy chair of Shanxi People,s Congress
Standing Committee, were also consistently investigated.
In addition, 16 bureau-level officials were separately removed,
it includes Changzhi and Lvliang city mayors,
Director of Transportation Bureau,
Director of Mineral Exploration Bureau and
Deputy Director of Supervision Department.
Furthermore, Shen Weichen, former party secretary of the
Science Association was investigated in April.
It is related to his behavior in Shanxi, when he was
propaganda director and Taiyuan City party secretary.
Xia Xiaoqiang, current affairs commentator: “The CCP,s
corruption has deeply degenerated.
Local governments have become independent kingdoms
in aspects of the economy and corruption.
Officials at all levels are using local economic resources
to obtain personal wealth, especially in Shanxi.”
Xia Xiaoqing observes that Shanxi has rich resources of coal,
which gives many opportunities for corrupt officials.
Shanxi personnel changes are related to the central’s
high-level power struggle.
Not only officials in Shanxi have been purged, business
sectors connected to “Shanxi faction” were also affected.
After all, the connection with Zhou Yongkang,s case
is under the spotlight.
Liu Jianzhong, Chairman of Jinneng Group,
Shanxi,s biggest provincial level state-owned enterprise,
has been taken away.
A month ago, Cao Yaofeng, President of Jinneng Group
was placed under investigation.
Although the regime hasn,t announced the reason that
Liu Jianzhong has been taken away for investigation,
both he and Zhang Ximing, Shanxi,s richest man,
are well-known in coal mining circles in Shanxi,
for their close relationship.
Zhang Ximing was arrested for investigation on Aug. 4.
Chinese media have revealed that Zhang purchased the
rank of mayor for Ding Xuefeng, via a secretive businessman,
related to Zhou Bin by marriage.
Ding Xuefeng, was former mayor of Lvliang City in Shanxi.
The Global Times cited Beijing news that Zhang Ximing
was the financial supporter for several Shanxi senior officials
involved in Zhou Yongkang,s corruption case.
It includes Zhou Yongkang,s current wife, Jiao Xiaoye,s father
who accepted nearly 20 million yuan bribes from Zhang.
Interview/YiRu Edit/Shongfeng Post-Production/LiYong