The coincidence is raising eyebrows. Two former high-ranking party secretaries of Shanghai, one in public security and one in financial systems, were arrested on Thursday, July 14.

The first Shanghai official is 55-year-old Zheng Wenbin. He has been working in Shanghai public security system for a long time. He used to be the director of the intelligence department of the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau Headquarters, the deputy director of the Municipal Public Security Bureau Headquarters, and the party secretary and director of the Putuo Branch of the Municipal Public Security Bureau, among others.

Zheng was officially investigated last December. And finally, on Thursday, he was detained. The official announcement was that Zheng Wenbin used power for personal gain, resisted censorship, received gifts, illegally arranged jobs for others, engaged in profit-making activities, and solicited or accepted huge bribes.

During his tenure, Zheng Wenbin actively followed the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in persecuting millions of Falun Gong practitioners. 

Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual practice of meditative exercises and teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched widespread persecution against Falun Gong practitioners across China after the communist regime feared that the practice’s immense popularity might threaten the regime’s authoritarian control of Chinese society.

Since then, millions of detained Falun Gong practitioners have been unlawfully detained, tortured, and even killed for their organs.

The brutal crackdown on the practice is still ongoing in China.

The second Shanghai official is 59-year-old Han Yi. 

Han Yi has worked in the Chinese state financial system since 1985. He was previously the director of the Bank Management Office of the Shanghai Branch of the People’s Bank of China, the director and deputy director of the Zhejiang Banking Regulatory Bureau, and the secretary of the Party Committee and director of the China Banking Regulatory Bureau in Hubei, Zhejiang, and Shanghai.

He was investigated last December and later removed from his post in the same month. 

The official notice said Han Yi opposed censorship, had improper sexual relations with others over a long period and illegally accepted other people’s property as a bribe. 

Many other Chinese financial system officials have been dealt with this year similarly.

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