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2 officials fall under suspicion as probes start

THE top political adviser in Guangdong Province is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes, Beijing-based Caijing magazine reported yesterday.

Also yesterday, the top Party disciplinary official in Zhejiang Province was removed from his post after an investigation began into unspecified allegations.

In Guangdong, Chen Shaoji, chairman of the province's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is under probe for "disciplinary violations," the report said, citing a source with the Communist Party of China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Mystery property

Investigators were tipped off that Chen, 63, held a large number of properties that couldn't be accounted for, according to the magazine, which said the information came from people involved in the investigation of China's former home appliance king Huang Guangyu and Zheng Shaodong, a senior financial police officer linked to Huang. Zheng was Chen's subordinate when they both served in the Guangdong police force.

Chen was the head of the political and legal affairs department of the CPC's Guangdong Committee for nine years starting in 1993 and served as vice Party secretary of Guangdong from 1998 to 2004.

He became Guangdong's top political adviser in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008. He was also an alternate member of the 16th Central Committee of the CPC.

Chen used to be director of Guangdong police, and Zheng was the executive deputy. Zheng, 51, served as assistant minister of public security from 2005 before he was put under "double designation" status with Xiang Huaizhu, an official at the Ministry of Public Security, on January 12 for allegedly accepting bribes while probing financial crimes.

He was linked to an investigation into gambling and money laundering that also involved Huang.

"Double designation" refers to a special investigative procedure under which a Party official is ordered to explain or confess to allegations of discipline violations or corruption at a designated time and place.

Huang, named the second-richest man on the Chinese mainland by Forbes magazine last year, faces charges of manipulating the prices of shares in two companies.

Also yesterday, a source at the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Wang Huayuan, the top Party disciplinary supervisor for Zhejiang Province, was removed from his post and is under investigation.

Wang, 61, served as a member of the CPC Zhejiang provincial committee and became head of its disciplinary committee in 2006. Wang previously was a member of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.


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