Involved with Xu Caihou, Railway Tycoon
On July 29, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) admitted
for the first time they will start an investigation into former
Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang,
and file a case.
A few days ago, CCP media had an in-depth report on
Wang Chuncheng, a private entrepreneur.
He is referred to as the Chinese “Railroad Tycoon".
Wang was involved in CCP Central Military Commission
Vice Chairman Xu Caihou’s case.
There is also information indicating Wang Chuncheng
supplied a huge amount of money to Zhou Yongkang and
Xu Caihou. Commentators believe that Xu and Zhou
supported some people for money laundering.
On July 27, China’s Finance magazine revealed that former
CCP People’s Congress member and chairman of Liaoning
Chuncheng Industry and Trade Group Wang Chuncheng
was suspected of being involved with Xu Cachou.
He was taken away by military prosecutors for
investigation in April 2014.
The report said years ago Wang Chuncheng’s son and others
beat a citizen to death during a fight in a bar.
Wang got to know Xu Caihou and his son got no punishment.
Later Wang Chuncheng and Xu Caihou’s wife
had a business relationship.
Wang Chuncheng also presented properties in Hainan to Xu.
Wang’s private cars in Beijing all have military license plates
and even his driver was once a military policeman.
Wang Chuncheng met Xu Caihou, who was the Securities
Department manager of State Power Development Co.
Liu Shuguang joined Wang Chunceng’s company,
Guocheng Energy Investment Co.ltd as CEO.
After Wang Chuncheng was in trouble in April, Liu
Shuguang became deputy chairman of the company.
Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily reported that Wang Chuncheng
sent a lot of money to Xu Caihou and Zhou Yongkang.
He then received protection from Zhou, Xu
and other senior officials.
51-year-old Wang Chuncheng was once a dismissed worker.
He started his coal business ten years ago.
Around 2004 Wang started to get involved in railway
He also had interests in heating and power generation,
electronic and real estate projects.
He became National People’s Congress (NPC) representative
in 2008 because of his strategic investment in the railways
along the China and Mongolian border.
On April 24, 2014 Wang was disqualified as a NPC member
together with other dismissed officials.
Before Wang run into trouble, he was planning to build a
railroad line connecting Europe and Asia.
It would start in Russia, passing Mongolia
and end at Jinzhou City.
Finance magazine commented that the main organization
from China to negotiate this project with Russia and
Mongolia was not China Railway Corporation, nor any
central enterprise, but this little-known private enterprise.
The chairman of this enterprise Wangchun Cheng was only
a boss in the coal business ten years ago.
In just a few years, his influence in politics and his wealth
grew exponentially through the railway construction.
Chinese economist Mr. Deng: “He got so many chances.
For sure there were exchange of interests behind the scene.
He is a witness of crimes.
Investigations on officials eventually lead back to businesses,
whether they are state-owned enterprises, central enterprises
or private enterprises."
In the earlier two cases of officials in Inner-Mongolia,
Wang Chuncheng respectively bribed Yu Xiaoping with
$600,000 and Liu Zhuozhi with $180,000.
But Wang was not punished then and continued to conduct
public events as a NPC representative.
Finance reported: On March 15, the CCP Central Committee
decided to investigate “a big tiger in the army" for alleged
disciplinary problems.This showed the “big tiger" used his
power to help with promotions and received bribes.
The “big tiger" is generally considered to be Xu Caihou.
The report said that after Xu Caihou was investigated,
Wang Chuncheng felt nervous.
He fled from Shenyang to Japan in April. But he soon
returned and was arrested at the airport.
Finance described Wang Chuncheng was not defeated by
the huge amount of loans after the constructions of the
multinational railway, but was overthrown overnight by
high-ranking military and political officials.
Chinese Citizens Monitoring Committee founder Guo
Yongfeng, “he certainly helped Xu Caihou to do money
laundering. He felt it was reliable. Without changes to
the system, everyone was greedy.
He had no way out but to be corrupt."
Three years ago during a fight to snatch mineral resources
at Xieng in Inner Mongolia, Wang Chuncheng’s driver
deliberately ran over local herders and killed them.
It triggered days of protests by local students and citizens.
Wang Chuncheng bribed city officials to use
armed police to repress the people.
The event received global attention.
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