Recently, a swindler under the false identity of a “director of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee” successfully cheated a Sichuan official out of a fortune of 470,000 yuan (US$62,571). The news captured the public eye immediately when it was released on websites. While they jeered at the miserable unlucky official, people were also astonished by the influence of the Department over Chinese officials.
The Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee always wears a mysterious veil in public. Mainly in charge of personnel affairs within the Party system, the department rarely comes into the spotlight. In the past three years, however, things have changed significantly. The department has held four press conferences to become more transparent to the public. [Full Text]