Date
24 September 2017
About 1,000 officials who refused to bring their families back to China have been demoted and will be monitored by their respective personnel departments. Photo: Bloomberg
About 1,000 officials who refused to bring their families back to China have been demoted and will be monitored by their respective personnel departments. Photo: Bloomberg

China demotes 1,000 ‘naked’ officials

About 1,000 government officials with relatives abroad who refuse to return home have been demoted.

They are among 3,200 officials at country-level or higher with children or spouses who have gone abroad, Reuters reported Tuesday.

These so-called “naked” officials use their families “as a conduit transferring their ill-gotten assets abroad, and in preparation for their own flight”, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Authorities asked the officials to choose between accepting less sensitive posts or bringing their families home, the report said.

Those who refused have been disciplined and will be monitored by their respective personnel departments.

In July, Guangdong province said it had forced out more than 850 “naked officials” from their jobs.

It drafted a law in October banning such officials from holding important positions.

In July, Wang Qishan, secretary of the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, told investigators to go after such officials.

Separately, the party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Monday it was investigating a senior executive from China Unicom for graft.

Zhang Zhijiang, a general manager responsible for network construction, was suspected of “serious violation of discipline”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website.

The commission did not give any details of the investigation. 

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