I'm inclined to think that Xi Jinping's ongoing series of controlled detonations within the CPC apparatus are basically what it says on the tin. He thinks corruption will destroy the Communist Party, he wants to beat it back, and the means he has to hand are classical Leninist ones - purges, Party lead organs, special committees, rectifications all over. Meanwhile the impact of these methods on Chinese style mutant hyper-capitalism seems to be evolving into a kind of crude but rich sub-literary style, a kind of purge gothic. Furniture companies owned by retired nukemen, babies with controlling shareholdings in banks, comely political reporters acting as male gigolos to the wives of senior officials. That kind of thing...
According to accounts posted by Zenith, armed police raided the Lakeview Hotel near the gates of Peking University, where Founder executives were holed up on the sixth floor, in the early hours of Dec. 19.
Police scuffled with armed men protecting Founder’s CEO, who got away in his pajamas, Zenith posted.
From the same piece.
Kwok rose from humble origins. The Changjiang Times, an official newspaper, said he was a junior high school dropout, the seventh of eight siblings born to a poor family in eastern China’s Shandong province. He made his fortune after partnering with a Hong Kong businesswoman in the 1990s, then branching into real estate and running a furniture company affiliated with retired cadres from the nuclear industry, according to the report citing anonymous source.
Kwok gained international attention in 2010 with an unusual gift to his employees: 5,000 copies of the memoir of Cherie Blair, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife.
Hu cited the example of the Bank of Beijing, which has been reported by mainland and overseas media as having dozens of shareholders below the age of 18.
One of its major shareholders is a one-year-old child, while a 10-year-old was reported to have stocks valued at 29 million yuan (HK$36.5 million) in 2007.
"Reports about children shareholders in Bank of Beijing have sparked an outcry in the capital for years, and I believe that the bank will be one of the targets to be investigated this year," Hu said.
The arrest of a prominent Macau executive in the largest prostitution bust in the city’s history shows China’s President Xi Jinping is broadening his crackdown on corruption to restrict even long-tolerated vices.
Police in the former Portuguese colony arrested Alan Ho, handcuffing him and covering his head with a black hood, for allegedly operating a prostitution ring out of the casino complex of his uncle, Stanley Ho.
It was not long after Shen Peiping’s investigation began that Kong Chuizhu, a personal friend, began his demise, albeit under much more scandalous circumstances. The provincial vice-governor from 2003 to 2013, Kong was known to share mistresses with Shen Peiping and the two would often frequent high-end brothels together. For Kong, the consequences were grave.
Following the announcement that Shen was being investigated in early March, Kong, in Beijing attending meetings at the time, attempted suicide in his hotel room. The attempt, however, was unsuccessful and Kong was admitted into a Beijing hospital for recovery. Following medical tests, he was found to be HIV positive. The central government immediately opened an investigation on Kong and ordered him back to Yunnan to lay low while undergoing treatment. Two months later, he unsuccessfully attempted suicide for a second time and was admitted into the Provincial Armed Police Hospital. Finally, Kong jumped to his death from his hospital window on July 12.
Additionally, Gu is accused of having an impressive sexual appetite, especially for handsome young men. Rui Chenggang, the former news anchor for China's state broadcaster CCTV detained by authorities in July on alleged spy charges, is said to have been one of her "victims." The popular Rui, 37, was reportedly reduced to tears when he recounted how Gu, whom he had looked upon as a big sister, forced herself on him.
Four months after the new school year started, Chen Jin is still trying to enroll her daughter in a top middle school in her city of more than 10 million people in northern China. The problem: No one to bribe.
“I will not give up,” said Chen, whose 12-year-old daughter attends another public school near home in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. She said she’s prepared to offer as much as 100,000 yuan ($16,000). “There must be a way.”
In an exclusive interview with Shanghai-based news portal The Paper (澎湃新闻), the reporter asked if Zhao had become "too political". Zhao said "If you are not politically engaged, do not believe in our Party, why do you engage in art? You do not listen to our Party, why you still do art work?." In response to the Central arts conference, Zhao hosted his own "study sessions" to extol the virtues spoken about at the conference, during which Zhao said, "I have repeatedly read General Secretary Xi's speeches. I'm extremely emotional, extremely excited! Sometimes I cannot even sleep at night... we are living in times where we can dare to dream; a time with positive energy!
This last relates to Zhao Benshan, roughly China's equivalent to Benny Hill, reportedly in the crosshairs for business links to our old friend Bo Xilai, among others. But his only trouble is that he simply cannot sleep for joy. Lastly:
Aware of the heavy psychological pressure on cadres under the ongoing anti-graft campaign, the Chinese central government is conducting an extensive survey of abnormal deaths among cadres since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, held in November 2012