Thursday, January 5, 2012
Lai Changxing Corruption Case
After 12 years of negotiations between
China and , 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 Canada deport Lai to . 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 China . He had hauled in $6.8 billion in goods and evaded $3.8 billion in taxes between 1996 and 1999 before Lai escaped to Beijing . 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 Canada . Jia’s wife, Lin Youfang was strongly supportive of Lai’s operation. In 2006, Lin was interviewed by the media of Fujian Province 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 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 Fujiang Province (China Search 23 August 2011). However, according to the media from Canada 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)