According to a Chinese anti-graft body’s report, 70 typical corruption cases were recorded in several provinces across the nation since the special rectification of the grain industry began. 

These provinces include Zhejiang, Fujian, Anhui, Liaoning, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Qinghai, and many others. 

Among the investigated cases, at least seven involved provincial grain leaders and seven former heads of provincial grain bureaus or former high-level officials.

The list of investigated officials included three top-ranking officials: 

  • Xu Ming, former deputy director of China Grain Reserve’s Hunan branch 
  • Yang Suiting, former director of the Shanxi Provincial Grain Bureau 
  • Zhang Chongyong, former Deputy General Manager of China Grain Reserve Management Group’s Hunan Branch.

Heilongjiang is China’s largest grain production province and has filed 686 cases against 1,009 people with 92 cases of detention as of April 15 this year. 

In January 2022, at least 14 officials of Heilongjiang underwent intensive investigation. After the special rectification, Heilongjiang’s food system has notified at least 30 officials. 

Among the cases, Hu Dongsheng, who retired four years ago and was the Heilongjiang Provincial Grain Bureau’s former director, was investigated. Hu was the first director of the provincial grain bureau to be fired after the special rectification of the grain industry.

According to the charge, Hu was accused of engaging in power and sex transactions, gambling, seeking benefits for others, project contracting, grain purchase and storage, and illegally accepting a huge amount of property from others. 

Hu Dongsheng’s successor as the Heilongjiang Grain Bureau’s leader, Zhu Yuwen, was also investigated on April 18 this year. 

According to Li Yuanhua, Beijing Capital Normal University’s former associate, there are no officials in Beijing’s bureaucracy who are not corrupt. 

Therefore, the anti-corruption campaign is indeed infighting for power. The large-scale arrest of people in the food system certainly shows serious infighting.

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