From China Digital Space
裸体做官 (luǒtǐ zuòguān): naked official
Naked officials are no abberation. Between 1978 and 2003, the Ministry of Commerce estimates that about 4,000 corrupt officials left China, taking with them at least USD$50 billion.
Former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai is perhaps China’s most notorious naked official. Although his income was just US$1600 per month, he managed to send his son Guagua to an elite British boarding school, then Oxford and Harvard. Bo received a life sentence in October 2013 for bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power.
On August 7, 2014, the People’s Daily published an article explaining that official figures for the exact number of naked officials cannot be released due to concerns for political stability. In response, one netizen commented on Weibo:
博联社马晓霖: [Political Earthquake] Isn’t the headline of the People’s Daily Online article a bit too ridiculous? Announcing the number of naked officials would trigger a “political earthquake?” They sure lack the “three confidences.” I think the public is already numb. How could you make a political earthquake?
20 August 2014, by Anne Henochowicz
8 August 2014, by Meredith Godwin
7 August 2014, by Anne Henochowicz
15 July 2014, by Anne Henochowicz
3 July 2014, by Samuel Wade