China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced on April 13 the investigations of four cases of Tianjin high-ranking officials in the local grain industry. All were suspected of serious violations of discipline and law in grain purchase and sales.

Zhang Zhiqiang, deputy secretary and manager of the Party branch of Tianjin Grain Reserve Co., Ltd., is the highest-ranked official on the list. Zhang used to hold several senior positions in the grain industry. The National Grain and Material Reserve Bureau once praised Zhang as a role model for his political integrity.

Three other officials listed are,
Zhang Junduo, manager of Tianjin Beichen District Grain Purchase and Sales Co., Ltd.;
Liu Tiegang, Secretary of the Party Branch and General Manager of Tianjin Xiqing District Grain and Oils Management Co., Ltd.;
Han Shuxin, Chief of Finance Section of Tianjin Wuqing District Grain Purchase and Sales Co., Ltd.

Since Tianjin launched corruption probes into the grain industry, city authorities have filed 45 cases of alleged corruption. Seven people have been detained among the cases, while four others have actively turned in.

The state’s nationwide corruption crackdown has moved to the grain industry. Previously, Hunan reported 189 corruption cases in the grain industry on March 31. Accordingly, 336 Hunan officials received disciplinary and political sanctions, while 82 others were detained for alleged grain purchase and sales corruption.

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