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Ex-Moutai Chairman Ousted From Communist Party as Corruption Charges Loom

By Shen Xinyue, Zhao Runhua and Tanner Brown / May 22, 2019 06:11 PM / Politics & Law

Yuan Renguo. Photo: VCG

Yuan Renguo. Photo: VCG

The former chairman of Kweichow Moutai — the world’s most valuable liquor company — has been booted from China’s Communist Party on suspicion of corruption.

It's the latest development in the investigation into Yuan Renguo, which is being led by the Party’s top anti-corruption department — the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) — and the local corruption watchdog of Guizhou, the southwestern province where the fiery alcohol is produced.

Yan had previously been removed from several key posts, including standing committee member of the Guizhou Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

In a CCDI report released Wednesday, Yuan is charged with using his power at state-owned Moutai as a “tool” to please “political powers, build connections, and exchange interests” — terms often used by the CCDI to refer to corruption. Yuan was also charged with exchanging money and power for sex, according to the statement.

Interestingly, the corruption watchdog specifically accused Yuan of “family-style corruption” — meaning close-knit relatives in key positions were involved in the alleged misconduct.

The statement did not specify the size of the bribes involved, but said it was “extremely huge.”

Yuan also colluded with others to obtain fake confessions to "combat" the Party's inspection, the CCDI alleged.

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