Fliegen und Tiger sind vom Pferde gefallen

“Flies and tigers fell off the horse.”

Both low-ranking and now at least nine high-ranking officials from the government and top executives from the economy have been investigated for corruption in China.

China’s General Secretary Xi Jinping warned in 2012 that corruption “spreads like worms in a cadaver” and that his government was going to go after the tigers in addition to the flies, both low-ranking and high-ranking officials.

In autumn 2013 Spiegel.de reported that corruption cases had been prosecuted against several tigers, including the top overseer of China’s hundred largest companies and former boss of the giant China National Petroleum Company and its subsidiary PetroChina, “the most valuable company in the world after ExxonMobil” (Jiang Jiemin, Sep. 2013), a former deputy C.P. party chief of Szechuan (Lu Chuncheng, Dec. 2012), a manager of the phone company China Mobile (Xu Long, May 2013) and a former railroad minister (Liu Xhijun, Jul. 2013), in addition to Bo Xilai, C.P. party boss of the city-state of Chongqing and former trade minister.
Update on 19 Apr 2014: Song Lin, chief executive officer of the state-owned China Resources Holdings—which owns a large number of companies from different industries, such as energy generation, real estate and retail sales—for laundering money in Hong Kong.
Zhou Yongkang, Politbüro standing committee member, former boss of the giant state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, then Communist Party chief for the province of Sichuan, then head of China’s security apparatus from 2007 to 2012. Zhou Yongkang is under house arrest, and about 300 people from the oil company, the Sichuan government and the Chinese security apparatus have been arrested in this investigation, with ~$14 billion in property and bank accounts frozen.

Update on 05 Jan 2014: Spiegel.de reported that the Xinhua official press agency announced China investigated nearly 37,000 functionaries for >27,000 cases of corruption between January and November 2013.

(FLEAGUE en   oont   TEAGUE ah   zinned   fom   FEAH dah   geh FALL en.)

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