Anti-Corruption Leniency: Demoted But Spared Charges
The Commission for Discipline Inspection reported
the punishment of two corrupt officials in Jiangxi and Yunnan.
They were both expelled from the Party and demoted,
but were not charged.
Netizens criticized this leniency as the Party
Critics indicate that this leniency towards corrupt officials
could form a trend.
The official regime website announced the punishment
of Zhao Zhiyong (Jiangxi Province) and Zhang Tianxin
Both were Provincial Party Secretaries
charged with corruption.
Both were expelled from the Party, had benefits
from the province cancelled, and gains confiscated.
Zhao Zhiyong was demoted to a clerk, Zhang Tianxin
down to the deputy level in a non-leadership position.
Both will retire next year.
The demotion will affect their salaries and other benefits.
The Commission did not transfer them to the judicial system
and made no mention of the ‘illegal’ activity.
Since the 18th National Congress 35 provincial and ministerial
level officials were sacked in the anti-corruption campaign.
Among them, 18 have been expelled from the Party
and their posts.
Others were transferred to the judiciary, only Zhao Zhiyong
and Zhang Tianxin was ‘demoted.’
Chinese senior legal expert Zhao Yuanming: “The Xi and Li
regime have emphasized zero tolerance for corruption
and their iron determination.
But now this leniency is a turning point for corrupt officials.
Even with demotions, they remain governmental workers."
It was also rumored that Zhao Zhiyong and Zhang Tianxin
both had mistresses.
In particular, Zhang Tianxin’s affair with a female anchor,
as well as sex scandals with a number of women was reported
by Yunnan Television.
But the whistleblower, who was sent to prison,
is still in prison.
Zhao Zhiyong was accused of an affair with the incumbent
female county governor of Jiangxi.
In less than a month, the dissolute lives
of at least nine officials have been exposed.
Netizens criticized the CCP as having become
“the adultery party."
They asked: “Why, as corrupt as Zhang and Zhao are,
and with the conclusive evidence of their sex scandals,
could they avoid legal sanction and only recieve demotion?”
Ironically, the regime’s lenient anti-corruption approach
was described by mouthpiece People’s Daily
as ‘scientific’ and an ‘act of legalization.’
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily commented that the approach
continues the rule, i.e., the Party above the law.
The more the CCP claims demotion a process of legalization,
the more it reveals the substantial power struggle.
It is commented that the so-called three taboos in the CCP
officialdom are now down to only one.
That is the political stand.
With right boss, taking bribes, having mistresses,
committing adultery or prostitution, it will become nothing.
Zhao Zhiyong was attacked only because he was
the ‘housekeeper’ of former Jiangxi Provincial Party
Secretary Su Rong.
He was implicated because Su Rong was sacked.
Beijing Spring magazine Editor Hu Ping indicates
the corruption is institutional within the CCP.
Anti-corruption will implicate every official.
Therefore, only the corrupt officials in the wrong political
faction will be selectively crushed.
Hu Ping: “The entire CCP officialdom
is filled with corruption.
Who should conduct the anti-corruption?
Ordinary people will only be repressed.
Therefore, it is reliant on a group of officials to attack
another group of officials. No one is clean in the CCP."
Zhao Yuanming analyzes that faced with corrupt officials
everywhere, corrupt officials not engaging in a huge amount
will probably get spared, such as what Zhang and Zhao have
experienced. But, this approach could become a norm.
Zhao Yuanming: “This trend is not good.
It allows the corrupt elements to survive.
It has happened before.
The officials were punished for misdeeds, but within a year,
will regain their ranks somewhere else.
It has been very common."
In recent years, many sacked officials quietly came back,
and even promoted.
For instance, Bao Junkai, former deputy director of the food
safety department, was sacked over
the tainted Sanlu milk powder.
He later became the Director of Anhui Immigration
Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
Wang Qin, for instance, had his Party Secretary position
at Weng’an revoked over the rape and murder incident.
But he later became the Deputy Secretary for Finance
Bureau of Qiannan.
Back in 2011, the Preventing and Curbing Corruption Center
Director of Renmin University of China, Mao Zhaohui,
pointed out that almost 100 percent of officials who were
held accountable would come back.
Interview & Edit/Lin Yun Post-Production/Chen jianmin