A former Chinese anti-graffiti investigator who worked closely with Vice President Wang Qishan will be tried for allegedly accepting “extremely large” corruption, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
Prosecutors said Dong Hong would be tried in Qingdao, eastern Shandong Province, for alleged crimes committed while working for the Communist Party’s anti-graffiti watchdog, as well as the municipal governments of Beijing and Shandong Province. Hainan.
Dong was accused of “seeking benefits” while working as a senior inspector on the party’s Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection, which Wang led from 2012 to 2017 before becoming vice president in 2018.
Wang was a highly esteemed man financial technocracy before President Xi Jinping exploited him for the enormously powerful CCDI position. While in CCDI he oversaw an ambitious anti-corruption campaign that brought down hundreds of senior party and government officials, military officials and leaders in many of the country’s largest companies.
In January, Xi described corruption as “the biggest risk to party governance.” Many analysts said the campaign was also used to intimidate people who might oppose Xi’s plans to start a third term in power next year. Xi has controversially abolished it time limits on the presidency in 2018.
During his five-year term as anti-corruption tsar, Wang was widely regarded as China’s second most powerful official and was expected to exert influence over US relations and other important political sectors as vice president. . However, since leaving the CCDI, his public appearances have been largely limited to ceremonial events with visiting foreign dignitaries.
“Everyone thought Wang Qishan would exert a lot of influence as vice president but in fact they didn’t give him any major portfolio,” said Willy Lam, an expert in China at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The prosecutor also accused Dong of admitting corruption and other crimes while holding high positions in the Beijing municipal government and in southern Hainan province, where he was deputy secretary general of the provincial party committee. .
While prosecutors did not say how many years Dong worked in Beijing and Hainan, Chinese media reported that he was Wang’s first assistant in both positions. Wang was the party’s top official in Hainan from 2002 to 2003, before becoming mayor of Beijing ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics being held in the Chinese capital.
Dong was first accused of “grave violations” of the party’s rules – a common euphemism for corruption – in October and was expelled from the communist party in April. At the time of his expulsion, the official Xinhua News agency said Dong had “lost his ideals and was dishonest and disloyal to the party.”
It is rare for close associates of top Chinese leaders to be accused of grafts. Ling Jihua, an aide to former President Hu Jintao, was the first victim of Xi and Wang’s anti-corruption campaign.
Ling was charged with corruption in December 2014 and sentenced to life in prison two years later.