CNPC Officials in Canada Named in Corruption Probe, WSJ Says

Officials from China National Petroleum Corp.’s Canadian operations are being investigated as part of the Chinese government’s anti-corruption push, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Li Zhiming, who led CNPC’s Brion Energy Corp. division, was recently met by corruption investigators upon arrival at Beijing’s airport, the newspaper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Margaret Jia, CNPC’s chief representative in Canada, announced her departure earlier this month with e-mails to Canadian government officials and business leaders, the Journal said.

Neither executive has been charged with any crime. Li couldn’t be reached for comment and Jia declined to comment, the newspaper said.

China National Petroleum has been a target of the corruption investigation, the newspaper said. Company officials who have come under scrutiny are those who associated with or worked for former CNPC boss Zhou Yongkang, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal story follows Chinese media reports about the corruption investigation of the CNPC officials.

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