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Sun Hongzhi, Former Deputy Director of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, Investigated for Corruption

Following a decision of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, the former deputy chief of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), Sun Hongzhi (孙鸿志), has been detained by the authorities and stripped of his party membership on corruption charges. 

Yesterday the Central Committee of the CCP passed a resolution authorizing the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to investigate Sun Hongzhi. He has been accused of violating party discipline regulations and ‘socialist ethics’, embezzling public money, taking advantage of his post to solicit bribes, of adultery and other charges.  

The Central Committee of the CCP decided to expel Sun Hongzhi from the party in accordance with the “Disciplinary Regulations of the Communist Party of China” and other regulations. He has been detained by the police and handed over to the judicial authorities for further investigation. 

According to information provided by government websites, Sun Hongzhi was born in 1965 in Jilin Province. He joined the CCP in 1986. In 1989 he graduated from Liaoning Technical University. In 2011 he became Director of the Commercial Advertisement Department of the SAIC and in 2013 Deputy Director of the SAIC. Last year the SAIC launched a major anti-trust investigation on foreign firms. 

Sun Hongzhi is only the last of over 400,000 party officials to have been prosecuted for corruption since president Xi Jinping took over the leadership of the country in 2012. Sun’s detention comes just a few days after Zhou Yongkang, former security chief of the CCP, was sentenced to life in prison. 
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