Xiao Pei is deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, a department affiliated with the Communist Party of China (CCP). 

On October 17, he said that a total of 18 members of the Central Committee had been investigated since after the CCP’s 19th congress in October 2017.

Apollo News reported that of the 18 commissioners under investigation, as Xiao said, only seven had been identified, while 11 remain under the CCP’s secrecy.

This has triggered speculation and discussion by the media and the netizens. In it, there was a stream of opinions that some people were not identified because they committed suicide, were killed, or were forced to die so as not to reveal other corrupt officials.

An article in Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper pointed out that in recent years, some CCP officials have received only mild punishment after being investigated.

In particular, military cases are no longer published, and the outside world can only guess something happened from the changing positions of officials.

There are also a number of cases where members of the Party Central Committee died suddenly. As is the case of Chongqing Deputy Party Secretary Ren Xuefeng or Liao Guoxun, Deputy Party Secretary of Tianjin. Both men are believed to be the target of investigations.

On November 3, 2019, Ren Xuefeng mysteriously died while the fourth plenary session of the Central Committee was taking place in Beijing. It is reported that Ren Xuefeng committed suicide by jumping to the 7th floor of the Jingxi Hotel.

On April 27 of this year, Liao Guoxun was announced to have died “due to sudden illness.” After that, news of Liao Guoxun’s corruption and suicide spread rapidly throughout Chinese social networks.

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