|Jun 12, 2007
The two top officials in Inner
Mongolia have reportedly been the subject of corruption
investigations by the Communist Party's discipline watchdog.
Chu Bo, 62, party secretary of
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Yang Jing, 53,
chairman of the regional government, were reportedly questioned
by a team sent by the Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection, said the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for
Human Rights and Democracy.
A power struggle between the two men, both
candidates for representatives to the 17th party Congress this
autumn, had surfaced ahead of the meeting, the centre said.
The party disciplinary watchdog had received
complaints and accusations against both men, and an
investigation team sent to Inner Mongolia
in the middle of last month had left last week, the centre said.
Mr Chu and Mr Yang were questioned but were
performing their duties as usual and were not under shuanggui -
disciplinary procedures for party members - the centre quoted a
"Currently, Inner Mongolia
is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and
no high-level officials will be punished," the source said.
Coinciding with the centre's report, the
overseas Chinese news portal Duowei reported an investigation
had been launched into Mr Chu.
He reportedly told investigators he had never
taken bribes, and would co-operate with the investigation.
The Duowei report alleged that Mr Chu's son, Chu
Huibin, 36, had accepted bribes from Mr Yang and the former
chairman of dairy giant Yili Group Zheng Junhuai , who was
jailed in 2005 for embezzlement. The report said the son took
advantage of his father's position and interfered in the
granting of government contracts and promotions.
An initial estimate put the value of Chu
Huibin's business activities at 2 billion yuan, the report said.
Knowing that an investigation had been launched, the son fled to
Australia with 1.5 billion yuan, it said. The Duowei report said
Mr Chu was also questioned over speculation on iron ore mines.