Caixin
Jun 15, 2020 02:25 PM
POLITICS & LAW

Party Probes Chongqing Deputy Mayor Amid Crackdown on Corrupt ‘Tigers’

What’s new: The deputy mayor of China’s most populous municipality is under investigation for suspected “serious disciplinary violations,” amid an ongoing campaign to tackle corruption among high-level Communist Party officials.

The Central Committee for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party’s internal watchdog, said Sunday in a notice (link in Chinese) on its official website that it has begun a probe into 55-year-old Deng Huilin, the second-in-command of the 30 million-strong southwestern city of Chongqing. Deng also serves as the city’s public security chief.

The one-line announcement gave no details of Deng’s suspected offenses.

The background: Deng is at least the sixth high-ranking government official to be investigated for legal or disciplinary violations this year and the first announced since the conclusion of China’s annual “Two Sessions” political meetings last month.

The Chinese government is in the middle of a campaign to root out so-called corrupt “tigers,” prominent officials who use their positions to engage in criminal activities like bribery or graft.

Since coming to power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a wide-ranging crackdown on official corruption. Between 2013 and 2015, the dragnet ensnared several “tigers,” most notably Zhou Yongkang, the country’s onetime national security chief.

Contact reporter Matthew Walsh (matthewwalsh@caixin.com) and editor Michael Bellart (michaelbellart@caixin.com)

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