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07/15/2014 CHINA

China, trial opens against Zhou Yongkang clique

To great media fanfare, China’s top prosecutor’s office announces criminal proceedings against three former senior government officials: two were protected by the powerful ex national security "czar". Increasingly insistent rumors of a possible arrest of Zhou, considered until two years ago the "most powerful and feared" politician in all of China.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Supreme People's Procuratorate, China's top prosecutor's office, said this morning that it has opened a criminal case against three senior officials.

Two of these are linked directly with Zhou Yongkang, the powerful ex national security "czar", long at the center of rumors of an "imminent" arrest for abuses and violations during his term in office. In a statement, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has said the 3 are guilty of corruption. "They are Li Dongsheng, Jiang Jiemin and Wang Yongchun: The first 2 were part of Zhou's inner circle.

The officials on trial had been removed from office and placed under investigation several months ago. Li, former deputy security minister, was removed from his post in February 2014 for "serious violations of discipline"; Jiang, head of the committee that oversees state-owned industries, had disappeared from the public eye in September 2013; Wang, a former senior executive of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), was fired in August 2013.

The initiation of criminal proceedings against them confirms the campaign against their former patron, for years at the top of both Internal Security as well as the CNPC, the government owned energy colossus.

Analysts and experts believe that all of these investigations, which are prominently featured in the national press, are an attempt to further isolate Zhou. In his years in power, he gave enormous powers to the organs of internal security and considerably increased the budget allocated to them. Until two years ago he was considered the most powerful and the most feared politician in China.

His fall from grace coincided with the coming to power of Xi Jinping and the "Fifth Generation" in March 2013. The new president and party chief said he wanted to fight "the tigers and the flies" , in other words corrupt officials at all levels. However, his campaign against bribery and degradation of national policy is increasingly appearing to be a "showdown" between the internal ranks of power, and not a real attempt to clean up corruption in China.


See also

11/08/2014 CHINA
To stop corruption, (the party's) absolute power must be curbed
For the great leader, the Zhou Yongkang investigation comes as no surprise. The party decides who and what can be pursued. A genuine fight against corruption requires democracy, an independent public opinion and independent judiciary. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.

28/10/2016 09:44:00 CHINA
Party Plenum crowns Xi Jinping "core" leader

This title gives him absolute power. The next party congress will be in the second half of 2017. Changes predicted for many Party seats even in the Politburo. No member is above the party discipline.

30/04/2014 CHINA
China, arrests of Zhou Yongkang cronies continue
The former "national security Tsar" is in the sights of central authorities, who through expulsions and investigations are decimating the "clan" of officials loyal to him. Li Chuncheng, Sichuan deputy Party chief is expelled from the Communist Party for " discipline violations".

14/02/2018 11:49:00 CHINA
Another Party boss, Lu Wei, expelled. Prisons for corrupt VIPs overflowing

Lu Wei was head of internet security and deputy director of the Party's propaganda department. He is accused of having " did whatever it took to build personal fame", and also of having created cliques in the Party. Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has Qincheng prison filled to the brim with many of his personal enemies.

24/10/2016 17:22:00 CHINA
Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens

The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.

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