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China's anti-graft team shifts focus to Tibet in second round of sweeps

July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014 - Anti-graft authorities have begun their latest round of inspections in Tibet, with a focus on high-ranking cadres and those expecting promotions, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has announced.

Inspectors are expected to stay in Tibet for two months in China’s second round of corruption sweeps this year, the CCDI’s website said.

Inspection team leader Ye Dongsong said the team would look into any conduct of irregularities, including abuse of power, bribery and “depraved behaviours”.

They would pay special attention to those officials who persisted in corrupt practices after the anti-graft campaign started, those who faced strong public opposition and those who held important positions and might be promoted.

Cases of gaining official posts through bribery or promoting corrupt cadres would be thoroughly investigated, Ye said.

Apart from Tibet, the anti-graft inspectors will also fan out to provinces including Guangxi, Shanghai, Qinghai, Zhejiang, Hebei, Shaanxi, Heilongjiang, Sichuan and Jiangsu.

Special investigations would be conducted at the State General Administration of Sports, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and state-owned automotive corporation China FAW Group, headquartered in the northern Changchun city of Jilin province.

Projects involving mining, natural resources, lands transfer, real estate development, construction and public and special funds would come under close scrutiny.

When this round of corruption sweeps concludes, the CCDI would have inspected all 31 provinces on the mainland. A total of 16 high-ranking officials have been sacked for corruption and more than 375 cadres put under investigation in the first half of the year, the CCDI website said.

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