Former Stats Minister, Downed, Resurfaces with CNOOC

Not everything is known about the re-emergence of former minister of the statistics bureau, now working as a senior researcher for a CNOOC unit. Probably more to come. Translated by CDT, from Oriental Web:

Many wondered if any high-level corrupt officials, after being fired and disgraced, would make their way back into politics or such. Now here’s one, Qiu Xiaohua, former minister of the National Bureau of Statistics, who fell during the pension fund scandal of former Shanghai party secretary, Chen Liangyu.

According to Xinhua’s Jan. 23, 2007 news dispatch, Qiu took bribes, had a debauched life and was suspected of polygamy. He was one of the many high-ranking officials who got shot down in the big whirl of investigations into the pension fund scandal.

Qiu recently wrote an essay published on the Economic Observer’s web site, titled “Policy Suggestions for Handling the Current Economic Situation.” The author was described as former chief of National Bureau of Statistics and currently senior researcher with CNOOC. He suggested that in order to control inflation, the government not only needs to work on curbing demand for the currency but also to work on optimizing supply and relieving the burden of enterprises and the people.

Qiu got out of prison in June, and was said to have started working for state oil company CNOOC, but no details of that position were revealed.

Phone calls to employees of CNOOC didn’t help much either. There were no official announcements of Qiu’s hiring. He could have been hired as a consultant, but normally CNOOC has technical experts for such positions.

Also interesting, among the search results of the same story, Baidu.com, Xinhua’s story, a re-run of the news, was deleted.

August 31, 2008 1:24 PM
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