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Guangming Daily published a report and quoted statistics which indicated that the Sky Net campaign, which was launched to combat corrupt officials, has been working effectively this year. According to the statistics, by mid-August 409 fugitives from 61 countries had been brought in. Among those 272 were arrested and 137 were persuaded to return, while 15 of them are on the top 100 fugitive list. The article stated that, in 2016, the public security bureau dispatched 33 teams overseas to carry out the mission.
Source: Guangming Daily, October 24, 2016 http://legal.gmw.cn/2016-10/24/content_22618033.htm
On October 24, People’s Daily, published an article discussing a notice that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) issued. The CCDI reported that, in 2016, it had sped up the pace of inspections in a number of regions. The number inspected grew from 20 locations in 2013, 40 locations in 2014, 83 locations in 2015, and 64 locations in 2016. It has completed its inspection of 80 percent of the state owned enterprises and financial institutions. The inspection results revealed that, overall, Party leadership is weak, Party development is lacking, and Party management is loose. The article noted that over 80 percent of the units were found to have violations of Party discipline and of clean government regulations. The article also observed that the inspections have created an intimidating and warning effect. In addition, the inspection team drafted reports and provided recommendations on how to fix certain issues.
Source: People’s Daily, October 24, 2016 http://politics.people.com.cn/n1/2016/1024/c1001-28803884.html
On October 21, in the Heilongjiang Province Intermediate People’s Court, Yu Tieyi, former Deputy General Manager for the Material Supply Subsidiary of Heilongjiang Long Coal Mining Holding Group Co., Ltd. (referred to as Long Coal Group) was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension and life-term imprisonment for accepting bribes in the amount of 300 million yuan (~US$45 million).
This is by far the largest amount that the courts have ever found in any bribery case. Yu Tieyi, the recipient of 300 million yuan in bribes, has become the third government official to be imprisoned for a lifetime term, followed by Bai Enpei, former Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress Environmental and Resources Protection Committee, (246.8 million yuan in bribes), and Wei Pengyuan, former Deputy Director of Coal Division of the National Energy Board (211.7 million yuan).
Yu Tieyi is a deputy department level official.
Source: Beijing News, October 22, 2016
Singapore’s primary Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that, according to the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) of the Chinese Communist Party, the Party’s Central Inspection Team concluded that the Ministry of Public Safety demonstrated weaknesses in the anti-corruption movement. The Ministry is required to adjust and to fix the issues. The Ministry is in charge of all of China’s police departments and was a key branch under the control of Zhou Yongkang, who was a former Party Politburo Standing Committee member and was imprisoned for bribery, abuse of power, and the intentional disclosure of state secrets. The CDIC Inspection Team also found the Ministry did not “strictly enforce the law in a fair and civilized manner.” In addition, the Team also discovered irregularities in human resource management and a “lack of political sensitivity” that led to further investigations. The Minister of Public Safety, Guo Shengkun, said he’ll take this opportunity to reform the Ministry.
Source: Lianhe Zaobao, October 18, 2016
China Times, a national daily newspaper focusing on economic and financial news, recently reported that the Social Security and Insurance Administrative Center of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) released its 2015 Annual Report on Social Security and Insurance Developments. The Report showed that, last year, six provinces suffered a loss in pension funds and the money in individual accounts declined by one third. On a national level, by the end of 2015, the entire amount of Pension Fund Individual Accounts was valued at RMB 4,714.4 billion (around US$700 billion). However, the statistics in the Report indicated that only ten percent of that total was actually funded with available money. With a rapidly aging population, China’s pension funds face more and more funding issues, and there is a discussion underway to convert individual accounts to “nominal accounts.”
Source: China Times, October 14, 2016