Date
16 December 2017
China is continuing a crackdown on some senior officials as part of President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Photo: Bloomberg
China is continuing a crackdown on some senior officials as part of President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Photo: Bloomberg

China puts former official dealing with Taiwan on graft trial

A former deputy head of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office will be prosecuted for “serious discipline violations”, the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Thursday.

An investigation found that Gong Qinggai had not honestly reported his stock and real-estate assets, spent public money extravagantly, accepted gifts and abused his position for private interests, Reuters cited the watchdog as saying in a statement.

The former official also played golf, which is banned for party members, and “took part in superstitious activities”, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). 

“In his capacity as a senior party official, Gong Qinggai lost his ideals and convictions, seriously violated party discipline, … had not restrained himself, and the nature (of his violations) was extremely vile and severe,” the CCDI said.

Gong had been expelled from the party and his case handed over to prosecutors, it said. 

Authorities announced in January that the former official had been put under investigation.

Gong, 57, joined the Taiwan Affairs Office, which is in charge of policy towards the island, in 2013. He previously spent his entire working career with the Fujian provincial government.

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