During a sensitive period, the CCP’s annual conclave in Beidaihe, Hebei Province, China, the Jiangxi bureaucracy, home of the “big tiger” Zeng Qinghong, continuously fluctuated. Nearly 20 Jiangxi officials face charges that include embezzlement, bribery, and loan sharking. The expression in Chinese is they fell off their horses.
Chinese media never announced the official date of Beidaihe – a closed-door meeting considered to determine the country’s destiny, with the participation of high-ranking CCP officials.
However, the outside world and interested people could determine the conference time, by the simultaneous absence of high-ranking CCP officials on the evening news, and the curfew in Beidaihe was tighter than usual.
Jiangxi officials are ‘unhorsed’ one by one
Jiangxi is the site of former Politburo member of the CCP Zeng Qinghong – the right-hand man to former leader Jiang Zemin. The Jiang/Zeng faction is currently Xi Jinping’s number one political opponent. Since coming to power, Xi has made many moves to weaken their power.
Most recently, on August 5, the Intermediate Court of Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province opened the first trial with the case of Liu Jifu accepting bribes and using influence to take bribes. Liu, a former director of the Jiangxi Provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, is accused of accepting bribes to the tune of more than $5.2 million (35.06 million yuan).
Through research, when he was the mayor of Jiujiang city and director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Jiangxi Province, Liu took advantage of his position and authority to benefit individuals involved in land transfer, project implementation, job transfer, and illegally received huge amounts of property.
- Chairman of Yichun City Development Investment Group;
- Director of Nanchang Public Resource Trading Center;
- Former Chairman of Pingxiang branch of Jiangxi Bank;
- Former Secretary of the Party Committee of New District Rongjiang, Ganzhou City;
- Former Editor-in-Chief of Jiangxi Contemporary Magazine, the mouthpiece of the Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee;
- Chairman of Jiangxi Smart Sponge City Development and Construction Investment Group;
- Director of Pingxiang City Big Data Center;
- Supervisor of Yingtan City Disciplinary Committee;
- Director of Pingxiang City Third Hospital;
- Former Party Secretary and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Shanggao District, Jiangxi Province.
In addition, 7 other officials were expelled from the Party (and public office) and prosecuted for criminal liability for their involvement in embezzlement, bribery, and loan sharking, including:
- Yan Ganhui, former secretary of the Yichun City Party Committee, accepted a bribe of 8.3 million yuan (more than $1.2 million);
- Ni Meitang, a former first-level inspector of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, in the name of coordinating bank loans, received an “interest” of 14.4 million yuan (more than $2.1 million);
- Fang Baichun, former deputy mayor of Fuzhou, borrowed interest-free or low-interest loans and then lent them to others at high interest rates, earning a profit of 16.5 million yuan (more than $2.4 million);
- Luo Fuyang, former director of the Fuzhou City Public Security Bureau, earned 6.5 million yuan (more than $963,000) by borrowing capital from financial institutions and lending it to others;
- Zhu Honggen, former deputy mayor of Shangrao City, when serving as Party secretary of Nanfeng District of Fuzhou City, earned 7.6 million yuan (more than $1 million) from loans to the gangsters;
- Xiong Hanpeng, former deputy secretary of the Party Committee and director of the Hospital of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, made a profit of 3.9 million yuan (more than $578,000) from the delivery of medical equipment, pharmaceutical procurement tasks, etc., to others;
- Zhong Yimin, former secretary of the Party Committee of Jinxian, Jiangxi Province, led a number of relatives to lend money to earn 5.7 million yuan (more than $845,000), then used illegal income to buy land in her hometown – Poyang district, then illegally built a mansion.
Another “tiger” belonging to the “Jiangxi gang” under investigation is Gong Jianhua, former deputy secretary of the Nanchang City Party Committee; The deputy mayor, the mayor of Yichun city, Jiangxi province, took advantage of his position to illegally receive a large amount of other people’s property and held responsible for the crime of accepting bribes.
According to 6donews, Gong was once promoted by a confidant of the “Jiangxi gang” leader Zeng Qinghong, and was once a “great butler” of Meng Jianzhu – former secretary of the Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee, minister of Public Security, and secretary of the Central Committee for Politics and Law. Meng is the fourth “tiger” of the “Jiangxi gang” to have been unhorsed since the 19th National Congress.Liu Wei (alias), a retired civil servant in Beijing, told The Epoch Times that, since Xi Jinping came to power, he has relentlessly attacked the Jiang Zemin faction and Zeng Qinghong. Jiangxi is Zeng Qinghong’s hometown, and the purge of the “Jiangxi gang” is also meant to stabilize Xi’s power. But the power of Jiang and Zeng is so great, it feels like it is impossible to catch them all. Because the CCP’s system lacks a supervisory function, it is rare for officials to not to be corrupt.