Date
21 August 2017
Huang Huahua stepped down as Guangdong governor towards the end of his term, fueling speculation of a graft probe. Photo: Bloomberg
Huang Huahua stepped down as Guangdong governor towards the end of his term, fueling speculation of a graft probe. Photo: Bloomberg

Ex-Guangdong governor lies low as Beijing turns up heat

Former Guangdong governor Huang Huahua has reportedly moved out of his provincial party residence to avoid the limelight, after his trusted subordinate, Guangzhou party secretary Wan Qingliang, was ousted following an anti-graft probe in June, Apple Daily reported on Wednesday.

A number of Huang’s close affiliates could not be reached by media people. They include Wang Hong, head of Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong, and Tang Luzhou, president of Guangdong Revenco Enterprises Co. Ltd.  Rumors have it that Wang acted as Huang’s real estate broker while Tang sponsored some of the travel expenses of Huang and family members, the report said.

Staff at Architectural Design said Wang is currently on a business trip, and the date of his return is unknown. Tang, on the other hand, is reportedly being investigated by the National Audit Office for violations in handling business invoices.

Huang, 67, stepped down as Guangdong governor towards the end of his term, fueling speculation of a graft probe.

However, sources suggested that Huang is well-connected in Guangdong, having worked in the province for several decades, which could make it difficult for Beijing to nail him down, the report said.

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