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Death Verdict for a Beijing Bribery Career

From Caijing Magazine: Liu Zhihua appeared worn down and older than his 59 years when he stood before the Hengshui Intermediate People’s Court for sentencing October 18. The former vice mayor of Beijing had just been convicted...

Ex-Beijing Official Gets Death Sentence, Reprieve

From AP: A former Beijing vice mayor in charge of overseeing Olympic construction projects has been given a death sentence for corruption, a court clerk and his lawyer said Sunday. The Intermediate People’s Court in...

Former Beijing Vice Mayor Goes On Trial

From AP: A former Beijing vice mayor in charge of overseeing Olympic construction projects has gone on trial for corruption, a court clerk said yesterday. The trial of Liu Zhihua (劉志華) began on Tuesday at the Intermediate Court...

South China Province to Ban Keeping of Mistresses – Reuters

From Reuters, via the Washington Post: South China’s booming province of Guangdong is drafting a law to ban the resurgent trend of keeping of mistresses, in a bid to preserve social harmony, local media reported on Wednesday. Many Chinese businessmen keep mistresses in second homes, a tradition banished after the Communists swept to power in […]

China Flags Crime Case Versus Beijing Ex-Vice Mayor – Reuters

From Reuters via Guardian Unlimited: China’s Communist Party expelled a disgraced former vice mayor of Beijing and will launch criminal proceedings against him after he was found to have taken millions of yuan in bribes, state media reported. Liu Zhihua had been in charge of building venues for the Chinese capital’s 2008 Olympics, as well […]

China’s Hu orders sacking of vice mayor-source – Benjamin Kang Lim

From Reuters: Chinese President Hu Jintao ordered the sacking of a vice mayor at a secret meeting to prevent political patrons from protecting him, a government source said on Thursday, in a sign Hu was determined to fight graft. But many analysts said the fall of Beijing Vice Mayor Liu Zhihua this month was as […]

The Liu Zhihua Case: reading power and profit through the Chinese newspaper page – David Bandurski and Brian Chan

From China Media Project: Once we move administratively above the Beijing municipal party committee to national party papers with a commercial interest in the Liu Zhihua story, the differences become more pronounced. The image below is the cover of Jinghua Times, a commercial spin-off of the official mouthpiece, People’s Daily, that started off our analysis. […]

China’s media in unusual call for transparency-Richard McGregor

From Financial Times: The state-run Chinese media have challenged the authorities to explain the weekend sacking of one of Beijing’s top officials for corruption, saying such information was needed to retain public confidence in the government. The state-run Chinese media have challenged the authorities to explain the weekend sacking of one of Beijing’s top officials […]

Beijing fires top Olympic official for ‘corruption’ – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times: A Beijing vice-mayor with a central role in the Chinese capital’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics has been fired for alleged corruption. The surprise dismissal of Liu Zhihua, head of the Beijing city government commission responsible for Olympics-related construction, marked one of the highest-level graft scandals to hit the capital since […]

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