China probes 36,907 officials for suspected corruption





>>  Diverse ownership to boost SOE reforms

By Zhan Yan and Qian Chunxian

The Chinese government’s vow to boost diverse ownership means state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform, experts have told Xinhua.

Ding Yifan, deputy director of the Institute of World Development under the State Council’s Development Research Center, said a communique, issued after a key meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, set diverse ownership as the future development direction.

The move is a result of complaints about SOEs’ low efficiency and them receiving too many favors from government, said Ding in a program on Chinese reforms aired on Sunday of January 5 via China Xinhua News Agency Network Co. Ltd. (CNC).

The external situation is another reason. For example, the United States is building a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has a rule that forbids SOEs in its free trade zone, he said.

As a result, Chinese SOEs need to change, Ding said.

China will promote an economy with diverse ownership, reads the communique released after the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in November. It stresses that state-owned, collective and non-public funds hold each other’s shares.

The government wants to give the market the key role in the distribution of resources. “I believe a key part is to grow enterprises with core competitive edges,” said Sun Pishu, chairman of Inspur Group, in the CNC program.

The time has come to step up reforms and diversify ownership, said Lu Guiqing, chairman of China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd., in the program.

“Operating a SOE, is like dancing with shackles…if the binding (from government) is relaxed, I will be able to move faster…and perform better,” Lu said.

The target of the reforms is to build a modern corporate system, and diverse ownership is in essence a modern corporate system, Chen Xian, executive director of the economics college in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, told the program.

“Both public and non-public sectors of the economy are important components of the socialist market economy and significant bases for economic and social development,” reads the communique.

Development in the non-public sector will be encouraged and it will in turn stimulate vitality and creativity in the whole economy, while maintaining the dominance of the public sector, it says.





>>  Senior CPC official stresses work style rectification

By Yang Hui and Hua Chunyu

More efforts are needed to rectify officials’ work styles amid the ongoing “mass-line” campaign, a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official said on Sunday of January 5.

Liu Yunshan, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks at a campaign group meeting, telling officials to push forward with the campaign.

The first round of the campaign is coming to an end and second part will be carried out soon.

The one-year campaign was launched in June by China’s leaders to boost ties between CPC officials and members and the people, while cleaning up undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

Liu called for officials to learn from experiences, listen to opinions from the public and conduct in-depth research to better carry out second-round work.

Liu asked leading officials and organs to take the lead in correcting undesirable work styles found in the first stage of the campaign.

The campaign has various stages, including special sessions for officials to launch criticisms of colleagues and themselves, rectification of problems, and inspection teams to supervise results.

Liu also demanded strict implementation of the “eight-point” anti-bureaucracy and formalism rule that was introduced at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in late 2012, during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday which begins on January 31.

He urged officials to expose violations of the “eight-point” rule in a timely manner.





>>  Chinese disciplinary body’s spending drops

By Yang Hui

Spending by China’s disciplinary and supervisory organs significantly dropped in 2013 as the country’s anti-extravagance drive continued.

Money spent on receptions, meetings and printing decreased by 61 percent, 59 percent and 13 percent respectively last year compared with the figure in 2012, according to a Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) statement on Saturday of January 4.

The drops are the result of an “eight-point” anti-bureaucracy and formalism rule that was introduced at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee in late 2012.

CPC officials were told to reduce pomp, ceremony, bureaucratic visits and meetings.

The number of public duty outbound visits fell by 26 percent last year, according to the statement.

Some 810,000 people working for disciplinary and supervisory organs have submitted reports to prove that they are no longer holders of VIP cards after the CCDI required its officials and employees to discard “all kinds of membership cards received in different names” in May.

The membership card campaign, together with other bans on public funded gifts during holidays and luxurious funerals, targets the possibility of bribery.





>>  China probes 36,907 officials for suspected corruption

By Yang Hui and Chen Fei

China’s procuratorial organs investigated 36,907 officials suspected of corruption from January to November in 2013, the country’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) said on Sunday of January 5.

The officials were allegedly involved in 27,236 cases, with 21,848 of them being major and important, according to a SPP statement. Major and important cases accounted for 80.2 percent of the total.

Procuratorial organs investigated and dealt with 16,510 cases that directly resulted in losses for the people, which involved 23,017 officials, the statement said.

Of these cases, 12,824 are major and important, with more than 5.51 billion yuan (910.57 million U.S. dollars) involved, it added.

The SPP issued more than 30 documents during the period to standardize law enforcement and improve the quality of handling corruption cases.





>>  China’s Forbidden City implements Monday closure

By Yang Hui

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, in central Beijing will be closed to the public every Monday for renovation and maintenance starting on Jan. 6, it announced on Sunday of January 5.

The decision was made by museum authorities in November and went into effect on January 1, according to a Palace Museum statement.

The former imperial palace had been closed on Monday afternoons since January 2013. The closure is being extended to cover the whole of Monday.

Ancient architecture will be renovated, cultural relics protected and museum staff will receive training, the statement said.

On public holidays and Mondays during July and August, the museum will be open, it added.

In the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City was home to China’s emperors and was the highest center of power for about 500 years. It attracts more than 14 million visitors annually.





>>  50-bln-yuan in lock-up shares eligible for trade

By Zhan Yan and Xu Bo

Lock-up shares worth 50 billion yuan (8.2 billion U.S. dollars) will become eligible for trade this week on the Chinese mainland.

The volume is slightly less than the 50.8 billion yuan seen from December 30, 2013 to January 3, 2014, according to information from the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.

Altogether, 24 listed companies on the two stock exchanges will see their lock-up shares released to capital markets this week.

Under the mainland’s market rules, major shareholders of non-tradable stocks are subject to one or two years of lock-up before they are permitted to trade.

Of all the companies with non-tradable shares becoming tradable this week, China Hainan Rubber Industry Group Co., Ltd. has the most — shares worth 20.8 billion yuan.





>>  3 killed, 24 injured in NW China coach blast

By Zheng Xin, Du Honggang and Qiang Lijing

Three people were killed and 24 others injured in a coach explosion in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, local authorities said on Sunday of January 5.

The blast hit a coach around 6:40 p.m. on the Yingbin Street near the coach station in Pucheng County in the city of Weinan. The coach was bound from the provincial capital of Xi’an to the county, according to the local fire department.

As of 9:30 p.m., three people have been confirmed dead. The injured are being treated in a local hospital, according to the county government.

A probe into the cause of the blast is under way.





>>  Rescuers close to trapped miners in SW China

By Yi Ling, Huang Yong and Li Fang

Rescuers are getting closer to four miners, who have been trapped since Saturday after a coal-mine gas outburst in Qinglong County of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

The county’s information office confirmed with Xinhua on Sunday that rescuers were about 12 meters away from the miners at 6 p.m.. The miners are about 30 meters underground.

“They are expected to reach where the miners are supposed to be at midnight,” said an official with the office who declined to give his name.

“We have no idea if they [the miners] are still alive because toxic gas underground is very intense,” said the official.

The accident took place at 11:29 a.m. on Saturday of January 4 in the Zhongtian Coal Mine, when 24 miners were working underground. Twenty miners were rescued, but four others were trapped.





>>  China reports fewer traffic accidents in 2013

By Yang Hui

Fewer traffic accidents were reported in China in 2013 compared with the previous year, with no reports of extremely fatal traffic accidents, vice minister of public security Huang Ming said on Sunday of January 5.

The number of fatal traffic accidents dropped to 16 last year from 25 in 2012, representing the fewest since 1990, Huang said.

Accidents that resulted in five or more fatalities fell by 15 percent in the year.

In China, accidents are categorized as extremely fatal, fatal and major.

The official did not elaborate on how many people were killed in accidents last year.

He asked public security departments to carry out a road safety overhaul to help prevent major accidents.

Figures from the ministry showed that 16.51 million vehicles and 17.9 million drivers were newly added in 2013.





>>  4 killed in SW China coal mine explosion

By Xiao Yonghang, Xue Yubin and Qiang Lijing

Four people have been confirmed dead and four others were injured after a coal-mine gas burning in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Sunday of January 5.

The accident happened around 11 a.m. at a coal mine in Xiaohe Township of Weiyuan County, when eight miners were carrying out a routine safety check, according to the county’s information office.

Five miners were rescued around noon, but one died in a local hospital. Three others who had been trapped were found at 7:20 p.m., but later died in hospital.

The injured four are in a stable condition, according to the office.

An investigation into the cause of the gas burning is underway.

Weiyuan is about 200 kilometers from the provincial capital of Chengdu.





>>  China issues alerts for heavy fog

By Zhang Zhongkai

China’s top observatory on Sunday of January 5 issued yellow alerts for fog in north and eastern regions.

China has a four-tier warning system for bad weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

From Sunday night to Monday morning, heavy fog will reduce visibility to less than 500 meters in some areas of Hebei, Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, according to the National Meteorological Center.

During the same period, moderate smog will shroud some areas in north China and east China, while sleet and snow will hit some parts of northwest China.








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