Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, September 06, 2013

More prosecution or power struggle?

Superficially, this looks like part of the campaign against corruption. I'd be inclined to guess that it's also part of politics within the Central Committee.

Jiang Jiemin: China sacks former energy chief
Jiang Jiemin was removed from office due to "suspected serious disciplinary violations", state-run news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities.
Jiang Jiemin

The term is commonly used to refer to corruption. Mr Jiang has not commented publicly on the allegations…

Mr Jiang was head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (Sasac).

Formerly, he headed the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). Four CNPC executives are also under investigation for corruption.

Mr Jiang is the first member of the current 205-strong Communist Party Central Committee to face such charges and state media is presenting it as proof of the new leadership's resolve to clean up public life, the BBC's John Sudworth in Shanghai reports.

However some observers suggest that, whether guilty of corruption or not, there may be a political edge to Jiang Jiemin's downfall, as vested interests in state-owned industries have long been seen as opposed to economic reform, our correspondent adds…

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