Date
18 December 2017
Liu Tienan at his trial in a court in Langfang, Hebei, in September. Photo: Reuters
Liu Tienan at his trial in a court in Langfang, Hebei, in September. Photo: Reuters

China graft purge fells another tiger

President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign has bagged another “tiger”.

One of China’s most powerful regulators has been sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges, the Financial Times reported.

Liu Tienan, former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top planning body, and his son were charged with accepting bribes totalling 36 million yuan (US$5.7 million).

The bribes included a share in a Toyota dealership arranged by senior executives at the Japanese carmaker’s local partner in a joint venture.

As a senior planning official, Liu was in a position to approve or reject investments by Toyota’s joint venture with state-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group.

Liu also formerly ran the National Energy Administration. As an official with ministerial rank, he was one of the first “tigers” caught in Xi’s net. A live web transcript of his trial in September attracted national attention.

He was convicted just days after the anti-corruption hunt’s highest-ranking trophy, Zhou Yongkang, was expelled from the ruling Communist Party on charges of graft, adultery and leaking state secrets.

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