Fugitive billionaire’s corruption claim of questionable significance
The New York Times has investigated (paywall) claims made by Miles Kwok — aka Guo Wengui 郭文贵, the billionaire fugitive from China currently living in the U.S. — that high-level corruption in China extends to the very top of the last Politburo Standing Committee, but was unable to confirm Guo’s claims, which were provided without evidence. See Times reporter Mike Forsythe’s description of how he looked into Guo’s accusations here on Twitter. Guo disappeared from public view in 2015 after a series of business disputes, only to emerge earlier this year in a three-hour-long interview with U.S.-based Chinese media site Mingjing. In the interview, he alleged that He Jintao 贺锦涛, the son of He Guoqiang 贺国强, who led China’s anti-corruption operations from 2007 to 2012, had abused his position of power in a business dealing with Guo, but gave no specifics.
The Chinese political observation blog Politics from the Provinces had a well-laid-out and cynical response to the accusations. It says, in part, “If He ends up under investigation, would his takedown mean anything in present Chinese politics? … Chinese officials already know that the anti-corruption campaign is real and that it’s been targeting every level of officialdom. Local officials in particular spend almost as much time looking over their shoulders for inspection teams as they do trying to make policy.” It is no secret, the blog argues, that elite politicians have used their power for personal benefit in China, and furthermore, it has already been shown that the anti-corruption drive is more than just politically motivated: “Every official is vulnerable,” including those in the He family.
Details emerge of ‘terrorism suspect’ arrest during armed raid in China / SCMP
A man has been held since 2014 after paramilitary police operations on Hainan Island, but little information is given in state media about his identity or alleged crimes. He is said to have had “more than 100 people under his command” in Turkey. His case was mentioned in a state media segment about counterterrorism operations that aired on April 16. You can watch the segment here (in Chinese); the relevant footage starts at the time stamp 06:55.
Cash rewards help put dent in terrorism / China Daily
Eighteen people from Hotan County in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have shared 1.1 million yuan ($159,700) in rewards for their contributions to maintaining social stability — including fighting terrorism — according to a news report in the Xinjiang Daily over the weekend.
- Naval forces save commercial ship from pirate attack – a Panamanian ship in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen / China Daily
- 13 killed, 6 injured in SW China bus accident – in Guizhou Province / Xinhua
- 8 missing in NW China landslide – in Shaanxi Province / Xinhua
- Reports: Tibetan self-immolates in western China / SCMP
- Chinese top political advisor meets Vietnamese deputy prime minister / China Daily
- Graft suspect on run in Canada ‘persuaded to return’: China / Globe and Mail