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Oct 17, 2013 04:11 PM

Mayor of Nanjing Investigated for Graft Involving 20 Mln Yuan

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(Beijing) – The mayor of Nanjing is being investigated by the Communist Party for "serious violations of the law," the 10th official with the rank of deputy minister or higher to fall from grace since the new leadership took office last fall.

The phrase "serious violations of the law" usually means corruption, and a People's Daily article said the case involved 20 million yuan.

Ji Jianye, 57, was appointed mayor of the capital of the wealthy eastern province of Jiangsu in 2009. Before that, he was for seven years the party boss of Yangzhou, which is near Nanjing.

Provincial and city officials learned about Ji's probe in a meeting in October 16. The website of the People's Daily later reported the news.

People's Daily, citing unnamed sources, said the inquiry was related to an investigation into Zhu Xingliang, chairman of Golden Mantis, a public home decoration company in Suzhou, which is southeast of Nanjing.

The other nine high-level officials brought down in recent months are Li Chuncheng, former mayor of Chengdu, Sichuan Province; Yi Junqing, the former chief of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau; Liu Tienan, former head of the National Energy Administration; Ni Fake, former deputy governor of Anhui Province; Guo Yongxiang, the former chairman of the Sichuan Federation of Literary and Art Circles; Wang Suyi, chief of the United Front Work Department; Li Daqiu, former deputy chairman of Political Consultative Conference of the Guangxi region; Wang Yongchun, deputy general manager of China National Petroleum Corp.; and Jiang Jiemin, former director of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

Wang Qishan, the party's discipline czar and the holder of a seat on the party's seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, said this week that "investigations into corrupt officials bring more damage to the party than to those individual officials." The comment appeared on the website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission, the party's anti-corruption watchdog.

Wang also said that to prevent graft from spreading, officials should be better educated, and rules should be tougher and more strictly implemented.

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