A former chairman of China’s top political advisory body has appeared at a scenic site in Hebei province, defying rumors that he is in detention for his links to alleged corruption, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
The trip Wednesday by a casually dressed Jia Qinglin, former chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, to the Longevity Mountain Scenic Area in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, was covered by mainland media.
The public appearance comes after media reports last week that Jia, 74, was in detention in Inner Mongolia as a target of the government’s anti-corruption campaign. Although his public appearance confirms he is not being held, observers noted that he did not have bodyguards and his clothes were wrinkled. When he visited a plant in Hubei province in March, he was surrounded by senior officials.
According to Apple Daily, some overseas media said the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party’s watchdog, has been targeting high-ranking officials’ relatives suspected of using power for personal gain, including Jia’s two sons, daughter and son-in-law. They allegedly used Jia’s influence to amass wealth.
Jia’s appearance also suggests that the annual meeting at Beidaihe, a summer beach resort in Qinhuangdao, will start soon, Ming Pao Daily said, citing unidentified sources. Incumbent and retired senior officials from the party, government and military gather there every summer for informal talks on issues from the Central Committee’s plenary session. But attendees aren’t usually seen in public before or during the meeting.
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