22 November 2019

China expands anti-graft drive to ‘naked officials’

China’s anti-corruption chief his turning his attention to so-called naked officials, cadres with family abroad, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Central Commission for Discipline Inspection secretary Wang Qishan told investigators to pursue officials with children or spouses living overseas, urging them to “watch closely over corruption in mining, natural resources, land transfers, real estate development, construction projects, public and special funds,” Xinhua reported.

Xinhua said a second round of inquiries in 10 provinces and regions will include Sichuan, the power base of former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, according to the Reuters report.

The renewed push comes as the party expels two more former senior officials for corruption. The Commission said Wednesday that Mao Xiaobing, former party boss of Xining, and Zhang Tianxin, former party chief of Kunming, had “serious discipline problems”.

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