Shanghai corruption probe targets new senior city official


Tue, Nov 07, 2006 - Page 5

Another senior official of Shanghai's city government is under investigation, a city spokesman said yesterday, amid a spreading corruption probe in China's business capital.

Chen Chaoxian (陳超賢), the head official of Shanghai's Changning district, is suspected of "serious irregularities," a spokesman in the city government's press office said.

Chen is "assisting in the investigation," said the spokesman, who refused to give his name or other details.

The spokesman wouldn't say whether Chen's case was linked to that of Chen Liangyu (陳良宇), the former Shanghai Communist Party secretary who was ousted last month on corruption charges. But Chen Liangyu and Chen Chaoxian once served as chief official and deputy chief of another Shanghai district.

Other Shanghai officials and several leading business figures were being questioned in an investigation into whether state pension funds were misused for real estate investments.

The Shanghai probe comes amid a long-running government campaign to stamp out widespread corruption and official abuses that threaten to undermine public acceptance of communist rule.

Thousands of party and government officials have been punished, and some executed. Officials say abuses are abating in some areas, but the government hasn't released any comprehensive figures to show whether the overall situation is improving.

Also yesterday, a news report said the deputy governor of an eastern province was dismissed on charges of taking bribes in exchange for government jobs, cheap land and tax cuts.

He Minxu (何閩旭), deputy governor of Anhui Province, also was stripped of his party membership after party investigators found he took several million yuan in bribes, the China Daily said. It cited a report by the Anhui Daily, the local party newspaper.