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12 Senior Officials Expelled From Communist Party

By Lin Yunshi and Wu Gang
An official exhibit of the Communist Party's achievements in Beijing hinted that five unnamed members of the Central Committee may be in as-yet-unrevealed trouble. Above, a passerby walks beside a display reading
An official exhibit of the Communist Party's achievements in Beijing hinted that five unnamed members of the Central Committee may be in as-yet-unrevealed trouble. Above, a passerby walks beside a display reading "Let the party flag fly high" at a Hangzhou anti-graft exhibtion. Photo: Visual China

The Communist Party announced 12 Central Committee officials were expelled after a plenary meeting last week, boosting the count of disgraced officials in the current term to 35.

Most of the 12 people had already reportedly been given this highest party disciplinary punishment, including Sun Zhengcai, former party chief of southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality, and Xiang Junbo, former head of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission.

Only one official — the former head of the Ministry of Justice, Wu Aiying — was newly disclosed as having been removed from the party.

However, an official exhibit held on Sept. 25 in Beijing to demonstrate the party’s economic and social accomplishments over the past five years disclosed that 40 members and alternate members of the Central Committee have been investigated or punished for corruption.

The Beijing exhibit was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also the top leader of the Communist Party.

The discrepancy could mean five more officials in the Central Committee may also be in trouble that has yet to be announced. The 18th National Party Congress held in November of 2012 elected 205 members and 171 alternate members of the Central Committee.

The statement following the four-day plenary meeting of the Central Committee also said that 11 alternate members of the Central Committee were chosen to fill in the empty seats left by former Central Committee members.

But Caixin has found that four officials who were on top of the list of the 18th Central Committee alternate members were not among the 11 promoted to full membership.

The 171 alternate members had a ranking according to the number of votes they received during the 18th National Party Congress election. According to Party Charter, when there are vacancies among the Central Committee members, alternate members will be promoted to fill in the seats, starting from the top ranking alternate members.

The four officials are Liu Xuepu, deputy director of Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress standing committee; Zhu Yanfeng, president of automaker Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd.; Zheng Qunliang, vice commander of the PLA Air Force, and Zhao Jin, head of the publicity department of Yunnan’s provincial party committee.

There have been no reports that the four people have been put under any investigation.

Contact reporter Wu Gang (gangwu@caixin.com)

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