China Anti-Corruption Investigators Target Mayor of Eastern City

Nanjing Mayor Ji Jianye
Ji Jianye, mayor of Nanjing, attends a meeting in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, on Jan. 25, 2010. Source: ImagineChina

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- China anti-corruption investigators announced a probe into the mayor of Nanjing in the country’s east, the latest official to come into question under a Communist Party campaign to root out graft.

Ji Jianye, mayor since 2009 of the city of more than 3 million people, faces allegations of serious disciplinary and legal violations, according to a statement posted today to the Ministry of Supervision website. Such claims have in the past paved the way for formal charges such as bribery or embezzlement.

The probe reflects the party’s efforts to press ahead with graft charges against what it calls both “tigers” and “flies,” or officials up and down the government hierarchy. Leaders including President Xi Jinping have warned that corruption threatens the party’s grip on power.

Other officials under investigation include Liu Tienan, former vice chairman of the country’s planning agency, and the deputy party secretary of Sichuan province, Li Chuncheng. Zhang Shuguang, former deputy chief engineer at China’s Railways Ministry, is being prosecuted on charges he took about 47 million yuan ($7.7 million) in bribes in 2000-2011.

Ji is under investigation for “economic issues,” the party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper said on its website today. Before coming to Nanjing, Ji served as an official in Yangzhou. During his time in that eastern city, Ji steered construction contracts to one engineering company, the People’s Daily said.

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