Date
23 November 2017
Three rounds of state audit since last year have uncovered property-related corruption in all but one of 21 targeted provinces. Photo: Bloomberg
Three rounds of state audit since last year have uncovered property-related corruption in all but one of 21 targeted provinces. Photo: Bloomberg

State audit finds property-related graft in 20 provinces

As many as 20 Chinese provinces have engaged in property-related corruption, People.com reported Tuesday.

The finding came after three rounds of central government inspections begun last year.

The audit, which covered 21 provinces, uncovered property-related irregularities in all but one of them, the report said.

The inspections were aimed at containing the spread of corruption and strengthening oversight of key sectors such as mineral resources, land sales, property development projects, livelihood funds and special funds, Wang Qishan, China’s anti-corruption tsar, was quoted as saying.

State auditors visited 34 regions and found wrongdoing by 19 provincial officials relating to the property sector.

The auditors traveled to Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Hubei and Guizhou, and checked on the Ministry of Water Resources, the Import-Export Bank of China, the China Grain Reserves Corp., Renmin University and China Publishing Group.

Wang Suyi was removed from his post as chief of the United Front Work Department in Inner Mongolia, accused of taking bribes of 10.73 million yuan (US$1.74 million) between 2005 and 2013. Wang was later sentenced to life imprisonment.

Nine people were implicated in the bribery. Seven were from the resources or property sector, the report said.

Among the other provinces which were audited were Jilin, Shanxi, Anhui, Hunan, Guangdong and Yunnan.

Shen Weichen, deputy chairman and party secretary of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology and former party boss of Taiyuan, was sacked in April for irregularities in certain cultural property projects, the report said.

In June, Wan Qingliang, the party boss of Guangzhou, was removed for “serious violations of discipline”.

Media reports linked his downfall to property corruption in which one of his schoolmates was allowed to change the floor area ratio of a property project in order to build more flats, the report said.

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