On January 4, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced the punishment of four officials. Hu Wenming, the former chairman of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, who was “involved in serious violations of discipline and the law,” was expelled from the CCP. His pay and benefits were cancelled, the proceeds from violations of discipline and the law were confiscated, and he was sent for prosecution. The CCDI criticized Hu for “loss of faith, ineffective implementation of major decisions of the CCP, malpractice for personal gain, abuse of power, and causing the major loss of assets of a state-owned company.” Hu Wenming was the commander-in-chief of the development of China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier, the Shandong.
Wen Guodong, former deputy governor of Qinghai Province, was dismissed from public office and expelled from the party. The CCDI accused him of losing his ideals and beliefs; he also acted in a perfunctory manner on major decisions of the party. In addition, Wen was charged with acting as a “protective umbrella” for illegal coal mining.
Deng Huilin, former deputy mayor of Chongqing city, was also dismissed from public office and expelled from the party for serious violations of discipline and the law. His problems included ganging up inside the party, harvesting political capital, being interested in political speculation, making arrogant comments on major policies of the CCP, engaging in superstitious activities, and illegally accepting gifts and banquet invitations.
Luo Jiamang, former chief accountant of China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), is the fourth official under CCP discipline. CCDI accused him of losing his ideals and beliefs, having little political consciousness, interfering with inspection work, and opposing organizational review.
Source: Radio Free Asia, January 4, 2020