Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lai Changxing Corruption Case

After 12 years of negotiations between China and Canada, 53-year-old Lai Changxing was welcomed home by the 1.3 billion Chinese people on 23 July 2011. Since the 1990s, the Chinese government has repeatedly requested that Canada deport Lai to China. Since 1949, the Lai’s multi-billion dollar smuggling corruption is the largest corruption case in modern China’s history. “Lai’s repatriation once again shows that no matter where a criminal suspect flees, he or she cannot evade legal sanctions in the end,” said the Ministry of Public Security (Xinhua News). Lai’s operation involved the fundamental foundation of the powerful communist party including some members of the current Standing Committee of the CCP in Zhongnanhai, the central governmental headquarters in Beijing. He had hauled in $6.8 billion in goods and evaded $3.8 billion in taxes between 1996 and 1999 before Lai escaped to Canada. The highest level involved in Lai’s case was Jian Qinglin, who held the number four position in the Chinese government as the head of the Fujian Province.  Jia’s wife, Lin Youfang was strongly supportive of Lai’s operation. In 2006, Lin was interviewed by the media of Hong Kong and denied knowing Lai Changxing (Epoch Times 25 July 2011). Furthermore, current members of the Standing Committee: He Guoqiang who was vice secretary of Fujian Province during 1996-1999, and Xi Jinping, the future leader of China, who was vice secretary of Fujiang Province in 1999 are believed to be connected with the case. This development is important as it is the last chance for Hu Jintao to clean up Jiang Zemin’s “friends” in Chinese politics before the 18th CCP meeting next year. In fact, Lai’s case was launched by former Prime Minister Zhu Rongji. According to the Japanese media, Lai Changxiang got information from Jiang Zemin’s clique leading to his escape to Canada (China Search 23 August 2011). However, according to the media from Hong Kong the Chinese government will not seek the case further because the communist party does not want to embarrass more. That is, most corruption cases have involved many high party officials.

Source: CCTV News (access date: 2 January 2012)

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