Chinese leader Xi Jinping is ready to secure an unprecedented third term in the upcoming 20th Party Congress. During his first two terms, he launched anti-corruption campaigns, putting hundreds of officials, both high and low-ranking, in jail. Although it is purely a political struggle, the campaign shows there are at least 112 officials with corrupt money amounting to more than $14 million (100 million yuan).

These are four top corrupt officials, according to Chinese commentator Wang Youqun.

1. Fang Fenghui

A report released by state-run Xinhua in 2018 mentioned two corrupt officials—Fang Fenghui and Zhang Yang. 

Fang Fenghui is the former chief of staff of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission. 

Zhang Yang is a former director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission.

They both offered and accepted massive bribes.

The text mentioning Fang is longer than Zhang’s, meaning the money involved in Fang’s case is much greater. 

2. Zhang Yang

Zhang Yang was the first significant military boss to be sacked after the last CCP National Congress in 2017. He was the director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission. In late 2017, Zhang Yang hanged himself during the investigation.

The CCP does not disclose the amount of Zhang Yang’s corruption. But Liu Yuan, a CCP general and the son of former CCP President Liu Shaoqi, shares an inside story.

In 2018, in an interview with The Beijing News, Liu Yuan said that Zhang Yang’s problem was more severe than two big military bosses, Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou. And Zhang Yang was involved in a massive number of cases. 

3 & 4. Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou

Guo Boxiong is the former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. He was one of the highest-ranking officers and generals to come under investigation in the history of the CCP.

Wang Youqun ranked Guo Boxiong as the third on the list of corrupt officials. It is because of what Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, said to the investigators before his death.

In 2016, Liu Yazhou, a Chinese general, revealed that Xu Caihou said two words when he struggled with cancer before death.

General Liu noted that these words come from the mouth of the investigators, so it is very accurate. The first is Guo Boxiong’s problems are much more severe than his. And the second, among the regional generals, only two did not bribe him.

Chinese commentator Wang Youqun said what Guo Boxiong means by regional generals is that almost all the senior generals in the Chinese army have given money to Xu Caihou as he held the second top military post of vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Guo Boxiong held the same post as Xu Caihou, but he took the position two years earlier than Xu. According to Xu Caihou, more senior officers and generals gave Guo much more money than him. 

How much money did Xu Caihou embezzle?

According to Phoenix Weekly, in March 2014, military investigators raided a mansion owned by Xu Caihou in Beijing. When they opened the basement of his 21,500 sq ft mansion, cash was stacked everywhere, including dollars, euros, and yuan. The piles of money weighed up to tons. 

The corrupt property was so large that investigators had to call in more than a dozen military trucks to transport it away.

And this is just one of Xu’s mansions. How many more mansions did Xu own?

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