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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...

Olympic Greed – Oliver August

” …… the biggest winners at the games will not be standing on numbered podiums with medals hanging around their necks. Instead, they will be sitting high above the athletes in plush VIP sections reserved for officials.” From US News and World Report: An opulent villa stands on a plot of farmland just north of […]

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 […]

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 […]

China auditors to probe 2008 Olympics preparations – Reuters

From Reuters.co.uk: China’s state auditors will extend their search for government corruption next year to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Xinhua news agency said, probing the massive construction schemes being readied for the event. The audit could shine unprecedented light on the Beijing Olympic organising committee which is overseeing the massive project of preparing the Chinese […]

China puts glory before honour at National Games – Reuters

From Reuters, via Stuff.co.nz: The many controversies which marred China’s National Games have raised pointed questions about sportsmanship and athletic priorities as the country prepares for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. From doping to thrown matches to biased judging, the domestic “mini-Olympics” that ended on Sunday in eastern Jiangsu province was riddled with embarrassments blamed by […]

China seizes on Olympic fair play – David Lague

From the International Herald Tribune: China has introduced measures to fight corruption in preparing the Beijing Olympics in 2008 that could become a blueprint for a wider campaign against graft, according to international anticorruption experts. In cooperation with international advisers, the Chinese government has instituted a range of procedures to minimize the potential for corruption […]

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