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China’s Crackdown in Xinjiang Deepens, Leaders Punished For Religious Activities

Posted: 08/21/2014 8:51 am

Muslims in Xinjiang preparing for Ramadan.

Fifteen government officials from Kashgar, China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, have been accused of violating a number of disciplinary regulations, including practicing religion, Global Times reported on August 20.

One official was fired for violating the Communist Party’s requirement that all party members be atheist, Xinhua said. The official had taken part in fasting for Ramadan, in the Muslim Uyghur minority region. The Party is officially atheist; but its former top leaders have sometimes been seen visiting Taoist or Buddhist temples.

Earlier in July, the local government had banned students, civil servants and Communist Party members from participating in Ramadan, the report said. This hard line restriction prompted outcries from some Uyghur-rights groups, who condemned it as fueling tensions in the region. There has recently been a surge of social unrest in the area, including explosions and knife attacks earlier this year, which has led to a number of civilian deaths, reported AFP.

Despite the religious restrictions, according to a profile of the CCP from, and cited by Council on Foreign Relations, up to 25% of Party officials in some local regions of the county engage in some type of religious activity.

Another official among those punished in Kashgar was expelled from the local public security division for being”politically incorrect” and spreading audio/video containing ethnically discriminate content via WeChat, which allegedly damaged ethnic unity, Xinhua reported.

A third official received a warning and was dismissed for “holding an ambiguous attitude and inefficiently implementing counter-terrorism campaigns,” the report said. Earlier in May, a local official identified as Batur Duwamet was investigated for harbouring ambiguous attitudes towards Xinjiang’s terrorist attack. In May, a series of attacks in an open market in Xinjiang killed at least 31 people and injured more than 90 people. The government blamed the Islamist separatists seeking independence from Xinjiang for the attacks.

Photos: La Croix, Pinterest 



Guangdong Official Found Not Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Tour Guide in Australia

Posted: 08/20/2014 8:44 am

Song Jingsong, deputy head of Guangdong Urban and Rural Planning and Design Institute, was accused of raping a tour guide in Australia.

A Guangdong official accused of sexually assaulting a university student tour guide was found not guilty by a local court in Australia after the second hearing of the case, reported Nandu on August 19. Song had been accused of two counts of digital rape and two of indecent assault, according to an Australian newspaper, The Age.

Song Jingsong, deputy head of Guangdong Urban and Rural Planning and Design Institute (an organization under the provincial government’s housing and urban-rural development department) travelled to Australia about one year ago. The tour guide, a 33-year old student, was assigned to Song’s government delegation. The two were observed to be  drunk and flirting after dinner, according to CCTV footage submitted from the hotel and Crown Casino.

A local Melbourne Magistrate Court heard the case early last year and granted Song bail last August. In his decision, the Judge found the prosecution’s evidence insufficient to support the conviction of four charges. The Judge also found that the jury could not determine if Song was aware the woman was not consenting to sexual activity, or may not have been consenting.

The prosecution, however, believed the case needed a further hearing and restricted Song from leaving the country, Nandu said. This time, the jury found Song not guilty on charges of rape and indecent assault on Monday, after just four days of the hearing, Nandu said.

The Guangdong government had stated that Song was on a private visit, and had not been sent by the Institute, reported Global Times. The story sparked anger among Internet users last year when news of Song’s arrest surfaced on Sina Weibo, after Chinese newspapers failed to report the story.

One user commented, “Now we have someone spreading the communist ‘seeds’ all over the world,” SCMP reported last year.

Photos: Hubei TV


Anhui Official Summoned to Banquet, Dies of Binge Drinking

Posted: 07/7/2014 9:10 am

A man drinks Maotai directly from the bottle.

Nearly everyone in China has been to a banquet and ganbei‘d multiple mini glasses of baijiu. Some people get tipsy, while some get downright hammered. With the drinking culture firmly entrenched, it was only a matter of time before something much more serious happened — and it did, in Anhui Province.

Ma Yahui, a 26 year-old college graduate working as a village official, died after binge drinking when summoned by higher-ranking officials to an alcohol-soaked dinner banquet on June 26, Xinhua reported.

Ma was found dead in bed at his work dormitory on the morning of June 27 by his colleague in Shou Village, where Ma was working as an official. An autopsy report commissioned by the Yinxian Town government said Ma died due to a “factor” that “triggered … a sudden decrease of heart activity”. It did not conclusively state alcohol was at fault.

But according to Ma’s family, the factor in question was indeed alcohol, and the failure to specify it was a “deliberate cover-up” by the officials in Yinxian Town to dodge responsibility. Some of Ma’s colleagues and even local residents said Ma was summoned by the officials to attend the banquet, where drinking excessively is considered customary.

Maotai, a sorghum-based grain alcohol, which has become a national liquor in China.

Ma is hardly the first official to die from excessive drinking. One official in Heilongjiang died in late 2013 after excessive drinking. The victim’s fellow comrade responsible for pouring all the liquor was demoted by the government as a result.

In China, the culture of binge drinking at official functions has been ritualized as part of doing business, said the Wall Street Journal. Alcohol is vital for networking and building up guanxi, or relationships to boost one’s career. Baijiu, a strong rice spirit, and expensive Maotai are commonly seen at such banquets.

After Chinese President Xi Jinping issued an eight-point austerity directive, county-level officials in China on average attended only 12.2 banquets per week, down from 18 in 2012, according to a study by Beijing-based Communication University. But still, officials have a lot of sobering up to do.



1,000 “Naked Officials” Netted in Guangdong Crackdown

Posted: 06/9/2014 10:53 am

naked rideWell, that escalated quickly: after first reporting that Guangdong Province had punished 255 government bureaucrats for being “naked officials”, an investigation has revealed Guangdong now has 1,000 such cases, the BBC reports.

Called a “luoguan” (裸官) in Chinese, a naked official is a government official who has sent his wife and children to live and study abroad, thus being a man that is “naked” without his family.

Naked officials were told to bring their families home, quit their jobs, or be demoted.

READ: Hundreds of “Naked Officials” Punished in Guangdong

In return, around 200 Guangdong officials have asked their families to return to China, Xinhua reports. Another 866 had agreed to accept demotion, including nine at a mayoral level.

And we can’t stress this enough: being a naked official is not, strictly speaking, in violation of any laws or regulations. Instead, as the BBC reports, China’s communist leaders want to stamp out the practice because they believe it is linked to corruption because naked officials are able to send any money obtained illegally abroad.

READ: Guangdong Official Sacked Over Nude Photos Published by Mistress 

Instead, the problem of naked officials isn’t one of breaking the law, but of public image. Yang Jianwei, vice president of the Guangdong Provincial CPC Party School, told the People’s Daily, “Naked officials are not necessarily problematic officials. But when you are holding a high post in the country alone by yourself, how can you make the people believe that you’ll dedicate all you have to serve them?”

We’re not sure how to solve the problem of a demonstrated lack of faith in leaders they had no influence in selecting, but if the laws aren’t changed to make the practice of being a naked official illegal, then we’d suggest perhaps changing the negative connotations of the word “naked”.

If a 70′s country song can’t do it, then maybe organizing public bicycle rides of a nude nature may change the public’s negative stance towards nakedness.

More stories on things Guangdong officials aren’t able to do:


Photo: centurytrek


Come to China, Get a Job, Work as a Government Bureaucrat

Posted: 06/6/2014 6:40 pm

expat bureaucrats Are you interested in coming to China to teach English over the summer? That’s so pre-millennial. Nowadays, there’s a spanking-new job for fresh-faced expats: government bureaucrat.

The foreign trade and economic cooperation bureau of Foshan, Guangdong has made the surprise move of hiring four foreigners with one more to come to help attract international investment, compile overseas investment information and liaison with Top 500 companies around the world, reports Shanghai Daily.

That’s right: come to China, work for the government as the government. You’ll already be everything the public envies: young, have the best possible job as a civil servant, and hold a foreign passport.

These “international investment promotion consultants” have attracted a lot of media attention that has proved to be “intimidating” to 22 year-old Abbey Heffer from England, reports China Real Time. Heffer doesn’t enjoy the reaction she receives from people when she tells them her age.  “You can see the shock on people’s faces,” when I tell them, she said. “I’d rather people judged us for our unique skills.”

The media attention, unfortunately, hasn’t been about any of the unique abilities of the new recruits, so judging may prove to be elusive. Hired from a selection of 72 applicants, one thing we can ascertain is that speaking Mandarin isn’t necessarily one of their unique skills: here’s a photo of Nicolas Santo, 26 years-old and from Uruguay, sitting at his desk with a posted set of beginner Chinese characters and accompanying pinyin behind him.

expat bureaucrats

Zhou Zhitong, director general of the Foshan Bureau of Commerce, says that the hiring is a demonstration of Foshan’s ability to enact dynamic change. “For the past 35 years, we worked at attracting foreign investors to build factories [in China]. Now China is going through another round of reform, [during which] we should target bringing in foreign talents.”

READ: Getting a Green Card is Now Easier Than Ever

Described by deputy director Yu Hongping ”like a fresh breeze to the bureau,” what does this mean for these new overseas Chinese bureaucrats? What do they hope to change? As Santo told the Shanghai Daily, “It’s a great opportunity for me to know about the country and I want to bring something new and subversive.”

Subversive? From a government bureaucrat? As great as it is to attain the lofty position of a civil servant, these civil servants have not gotten access to the “iron rice bowl” as each are only “temporary workers” signed to a one-year contract that may limit their “subversiveness”.

Photo: WSJ China Real Time, Shanghai Daily


Swindling the Swindlers: Ripping Off Guangdong’s Corrupt Officials

Posted: 06/5/2014 9:07 am

When Xi Jinping first launched what scholars have since called “the most ambitious anti-corruption campaign since Mao’s days”, few knew what the campaign would entail and mean for the broader society. But a few men in Guangdong saw it as an opportunity to make easy money because when anti-corruption drives kicks in, corrupt officials would likely do anything to save them from prison. And indeed they did.

This is probably why swindlers disguised themselves as officials from the provincial discipline inspection commission, a bureau tasked with anti-corruption campaign, and were able to successfully swindle several Guangdong officials with guilty consciences.

READ: Mistress Publishes Nude Photos of Allegedly Corrupt Guangdong Official

officials swindled corrupt anti-corruption bureau

A farmer from Hunan Province disguised as an UN official and attempted to release a prisoner.

The fake anti-corruption officials would approach local cadres and notify them that they are currently under investigation. What follows is a friendly tip-off which goes something like, “By the way, if you transfer a certain amount of money to my account, the whole thing would disappear.” Then, the money rolled in.

The report by New Express Daily, however, did not disclose the number of officials who fell for the trick. A statement from the Guangdong anti-graft bureau would only say that the province has recently seen “quite a number” of such cases. We can only guess the number isn’t small. We have heard about swindlers disguised as officials targeting ordinary people, but cases of corrupt officials as victims are surely among the first we’ve heard.

READ: Guangdong Opens an Anti-Corruption Education Camp for Officials

Other stunts pulled by the swindlers include selling expensive book subscriptions to lower-tiered government departments in the name of the anti-graft commission, the report said.

The anti-graft bureau is encouraging cadres to report such cases to the bureau. But we are guessing some of the officials who had been swindled would have a hard time reporting the case—if reported to the bureau, an investigation would surely follow from the actual provincial discipline inspection commission.

Why else would an innocent official transfer the money unless they were guilty? If they don’t do anything upon getting the tip-off, then they have done nothing to stop their own downfall. Hmmm…it’s a tough call for these alleged “corrupt” officials.


Photo: New Express Daily


Hundreds of “Naked Officials” Punished in Guangdong

Posted: 05/31/2014 4:56 pm

streaking will ferrel old school“Yes, they call him the streak…”: In yet another crackdown on government corruption, hundreds of Guangdong Province officials have been punished with demotions for being “naked officials”, reports China Daily.

127 Dongguan officials have been demoted, as have 128 officials from Jiangmen. None of them will be considered for promotion. Nine are said to have been in senior positions.

READ: Guangdong Official Sacked Over Nude Photos Published by Mistress 

Called a “luoguan” (裸官) in Chinese, a naked official is a government official who has sent his wife and children to live and study abroad, thus being a man that is “naked” without his family.

The government believes naked officials set a poor example because they send away their most prized commodities for safe keeping.

READ: What’s Up with Guangdong’s Dirty Officials?
Another Embroiled in a Scandal

Yang Jianwei, vice president of the Guangdong Provincial CPC Party School, told the People’s Daily, “Naked officials are not necessarily problematic officials. But when you are holding a high post in the country alone by yourself, how can you make the people believe that you’ll dedicate all you have to serve them?

RELATED: Sexist Guangdong Official Puts Foot in Mouth, Leaves It There

Nudity is something that is frowned upon in China, just like transparent shower curtains and looking down when you change your clothes. If the issue here is simply with the term “naked”, then it would be proper at this juncture to heed the words of illustrious poet Ray Stevens who had this to say about public (official) nudity:

He ain’t crude, look at that, look at that
He ain’t lewd, look at that, look at that
He’s just in the mood to run in the nude

As Yang grapples with the lack of faith demonstrated by the public towards a group of officials they had no influence in selecting, then maybe the image problem can be solved by a 70s country song that righteously starts on the IV chord.

Anyways, at this point for these naked officialsit seems like initiating a “cover up” is besides the point.


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No More First Class Flights for Guangdong Officials
No More Clubbing for Guangzhou Officials
Guangdong Officials Banned from Using Triad Nomenclature
In Trying to Clean Up the Environment, Guangdong Cracks Down on Officials
Guangdong Opens an Anti-Corruption Education Camp for Officials
Guangdong Officials Asked to Return Their Cheap Social Housing Apartments
Local Officials Ask to “Borrow” Orphans to Make Themselves Look Good
Deputy Mayor of Dongguan Under Investigation

Photo: CagePotato


Guangdong Officials Banned from Using Triad Nomenclature

Posted: 05/14/2014 8:10 pm

According to a missive issued by the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Discipline Supervision, all workers belonging to government bodies are now forbidden to call each other names like “boss“, “Don“, or any other titles with underworld implications.

Also made forbidden is the practice by which some government workers have taken to calling subordinates by the nomenclature of “brother” or “bro“.

The Bureau of Discipline Supervision stated this practice destroys both party democracy and the image of the public servant; as such, it is not conducive to the character of the Party and the People’s government, and so is forbidden.

The missive does not cover it, but we’re not sure what to call a envelope that is red in color except maybe a “red envelope”.

No More First Class Flights for Guangdong Officials
No More Clubbing for Guangzhou Officials
In Trying to Clean Up the Environment, Guangdong Cracks Down on Officials
Local Officials Ask to “Borrow” Orphans to Make Themselves Look Good

Photo: m1905


Deputy Mayor of Dongguan Under Investigation

Posted: 05/9/2014 9:13 am

Liang Guoying, center, is an official that gets to (the) point.

And still the turnover continues as another official in Dongguan is destined for the chopping block.

The Guangdong Provincial Commission for Disciplinary Inspection released a statement that said Liang Guoying, the executive deputy mayor of Dongguan, is under investigation for ”serious discipline violations,” Shanghai Daily reports.

There are no other details released at this time. We don’t know what crimes Liang is accused of, or why. However, we can all have full faith that Liang is as good as guilty as the provincial watchdog wouldn’t waste our time by announcing an investigation into a person that’s plain innocent.

RELATED: Mayor of Dongguan: “I Had No Idea Prostitution Was
Such a Big Problem”

It hasn’t been announced if Liang’s investigation has to do with the prostitution crackdown the city underwent last February, but Liang would be joining a list of accused persons that keeps growing in prestige:

  • 865 arrests made
  • 36 police officers involved of which 9 are in criminal detention, 13 face disciplinary action, 14 are under investigation
  • Yan Xiaokang, Deputy Mayor and head of the local Public Security Bureau
  • Liang Yaohui, a deputy in the National People’s Congress

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 Photo: Xinhua, NewsCenter
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