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Zhu Changlin Sacked, Who’s Next?
Zhu Changlin, Assistant General Manager of the State Grid
Corporation of China and member of the CPPCC National
Committee, was recently investigated, creating public
concern for the power struggle behind it.
Analysis say it shows that the Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) anti-corruption campaign has expanded from the
local level to the state level in the power system.
Now Zhu is sacked, who else is next?
Let’s see the report.
55 year-old Zhu Changlin was transferred to be director
and party secretary of the North China Grid in 2013.
He also serves as the assistant general manager
at the National Grid of China Corporation.
Mainland media Caixin reported that Zhu was investigated
on May 7.
The report says Zhu, head of the power system in Sichuan
for 7 years, had close ties with sacked former provincial
deputy secretary Li Chuncheng and sacked former deputy
provincial governor Guo Yongxiang, also from Sichuan.
Those two were both confidants of former secretary of
the Politics and Law Committee Zhou Yongkang.
When Sinoergy.com published the article “Trembling State
Grid", it mentioned that Zhu is the first high executive in the
state power system to be investigated by the discipline
inspection department since April 17.
This is when the CCP Audit Commission
came to the State Grid.
Li Shanjian, China affairs commentator in the U.S.: “There
are rumors that Zhu had illegal payments with Shandong
Luneng Group and Zeng Qinghong’s son Zeng Wei.
Zhu was arrested, certainly related to the political group
he is in and to whoever promoted him.
It’s impossible for it not to have a connection to
this group of people.
Based on the reports so far, the case is highly likely
to be targeting Zeng Qinghong."
Hua Po, Beijing politics watcher: “Zhou Yongkang is the
major target in the oil system.
For the water system, Li Peng can’t be excluded. I think,
for soil and so on, it’s also related to Zeng Qinghong.
Zeng visited the Three Gorges at the Yangtze River in
2006, and promised to give thousands yuan every year
for 20 years to each person who moved away.
Why did he do that? There must be interest involved."
CCP mouthpiece People’s Daily reported on April 30, saying
the state audit commission dispatched hundreds of staff from
5 special offices to the grid company from April 17, to target
auditing Liu Zhenya, the chairman of the company.
Media revealed that Liu offered tens of billions of yuan to
former Politburo Standing Committee member Zeng
Qinghong’s family through the Shandong Luneng incident.
Liu was Zeng’s trusted aide.
U.S. based Epoch Times newspaper quoted analysis
from China issues expert Liu Xiaohui.
The report says Zhu and Liu had close ties. Under Liu’s
support, Zhu was promoted to work in Beijing.
Zhu is now investigated, not only leading to more
corruption insider stories of Zhou Yongkang’s family,
but also leading to more insider stories of how Liu
transferred benefits to Zeng Qinghong’s family.
Li Shanjian: “Those controlling the power of China’s
economic entities have been cleaned out for different reasons.
The CCP is facing a significant crisis, because if it deals
with corruption, all the people would be gone.
If it doesn’t arrest those people, they indeed cause
huge losses to China’s economy.
What’s more important is that those people can influence
the power struggle of the CCP."
Before Zhu’s downfall, three other officials in the power
system were sacked.
These included Wu Zhouchun, general manager of
Guangdong Grid Corporation; Hao Weiping,
director of the Nuclear Power Division of the National
Energy Administration, and; Ma Linguo, director of
the power supply bureau in Yinchuan City of Ningxia
State-run Zhengzhou Evening News in Henan Province says
Zhu’s case shows the anti-corruption campaign in the power
system has already been raised to the state level.
Zhang Jian, China social issues researcher in the U.S. said:
“The anti-corruption campaign last year focused on rectifying
the oil system controlled by Zhou Yongkang’s family.
The focus transferred to the power system this year.
The corruption in the power system is not the fundamental
issue, because China’s corruption system is too rampant
as the state owns the resources."
Caixin published an article “Record of Li Chuncheng’s
Path in Sichuan" on May 4.
This pointed out that the central CCP are completing the
investigations of a series of major cases involving mafia
More truths about the cases will surface in the future.
The People’s Daily reproduced an article from Beijing Times
on May 1 titled “The Dismissal of Li Chuncheng Wraps Up
the Series of Cases".
This gives a hint that Zhou Yongkang who is supporting
behind Li is not the CCP’s final target.
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