Bribes in lunchboxes: TV series on China's corrupt officials hooks millions
BEIJING — A huge designer property in Beijing and millions of dollars hidden in seafood boxes — a state television series on China's anti-graft campaign is captivating viewers and lifting the lid on officials brought down on graft charges.
The ongoing five-part series aired by state broadcaster CCTV shows televised confessions by officials accused of corruption, including former vice public security minister Sun Lijun.Sun — who oversaw security in Hong Kong during months of unrest — is facing allegations that include taking bribes, manipulating the stock market, illegally possessing firearms and paying for sex.
The TV series claimed Sun received regular bribes worth US$14 million (S$18.9 million) disguised as"small seafood boxes" from a man he later appointed as police chief in eastern Jiangsu province."I helped him all this way," said Sun on the programme.Read more: TODAY »
Corruption is everywhere there. If you stand on the wrong side you will be shot otherwise OK.
2 weeks out from the Olympics, China is back to using anal COVID-19 swab tests on some Beijing residents to try to detect Omicron cases27 people were given anal COVID-19 swabs in Beijing this week in a procedure that involves inserting a cotton swab nearly two inches into the rectum.
The US is on alert for supply chain disruptions caused by Omicron in China: Biden officials
Security scanners across Europe tied to China govt, militaryAt some of the world’s most sensitive spots, authorities have installed security screening devices made by a single Chinese company with deep ties to China’s military and the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party. All depend on equipment manufactured by Nuctech, which has quickly become the world’s leading company, by revenue, for cargo and vehicle scanners. Nuctech has been frozen out of the U.S. for years due to national security concerns, but it has made deep inroads across Europe, installing its devices in 26 of 27 EU member states, according to public procurement, government and corporate records reviewed by The Associated Press.
US suspends 44 flights by Chinese carriers after China actionWASHINGTON: The US government said on Friday (Jan 21) it would suspend 44 China-bound flights from the United States by four Chinese carriers in response to the Chinese government\u0027s decision to suspend some US carrier flights over COVID-19 concerns. The suspensions will begin on Jan 30
China, Russia delay US bid to sanction North Koreans at UN
Abandoned teen in China goes from a heartwarming reunion to 'see you in court'HEBEI – He went from searching for his biological parents to an emotional reunion that moved netizens in China. Barely three weeks later, 17-year-old Liu Xuezhou has declared war on his parents with a terse “See you in court' on Wednesday (Jan 19). He fired...
A staggering number of Communist cadres have been caught up in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive in recent years, which critics say has also served as a way to remove political enemies since he came to power in 2013. The ongoing five-part series aired by state broadcaster CCTV shows televised confessions by officials accused of corruption, including former vice public security minister Sun Lijun. Sun — who oversaw security in Hong Kong during months of unrest — is facing allegations that include taking bribes, manipulating the stock market, illegally possessing firearms and paying for sex. The TV series claimed Sun received regular bribes worth US$14 million (S$18.9 million) disguised as"small seafood boxes" from a man he later appointed as police chief in eastern Jiangsu province. "I helped him all this way," said Sun on the programme. It is common practice for CCTV to air"confessions" by criminal suspects, including former officials, before they have even appeared in court — something widely condemned by rights groups. Another episode featured imprisoned Chen Gang of the China Association for Science and Technology — who was said to have built a 72,000 sqm private compound complete with a Chinese-style residence, swimming pool and artificial beach with illicit funds. Others featured were accused of taking millions in bribes. Those convicted of corruption can be stripped of their wealth, party membership, and face a lifetime behind bars or even death. More than a million officials have been punished under the anti-corruption campaign so far, which has been a cornerstone of President Xi's tenure. Wang Fuyu, who featured in the second episode of the series, was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve on Monday — a day after his confession was aired. Hundreds of millions took to social media in China to dissect the series, most angered by the luxuries the officials had enjoyed. One user complained that the men didn't seem to be remorseful and had, on the contrary,"lived a wonderful life" and were"unable to hide their pride". Some feared the display of excessive wealth was more likely to be appealing. "Is this a damned civil servant recruitment advertisement?" one sceptic wrote. AFP Related topics