Corrupt Chinese officials find a novel way to rake in money–writing books

January 19, 2011Jing Gao2 Comments, , , ,

From Legal Daily

In recent years, Chinese officials jump on the band wagon of writing books. Some of them use it as a secret weapon to siphon off money. They went cahoots with publishers to get their books onto the market, and then urge their subordinates to buy their books or purchase books in large quantities with public funds and then pass them down.

After months of investigation, Zhang Jingli, former deputy director of the State Food and Drug Administration, is finally convicted of serious violations of discipline and law.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Supervision, there are four charges against him: taking 6.49 million yuan (nearly $1 million) in bribes, fabricating facts to defame and frame others, leading a corrupt life, and above all, making “huge profits” from illegal business operations.

The 6.49 million yuan bribe is eclipsed in amount by his huge profits from the the illegal business operations, which is 17 million yuan, or US$2.5 millon.

Most of that came from sales of his book, priced at 566 yuan, or $90, whereas the average price of a bestseller on the Chinese market is $6.

As China’s supervision of major spheres of high-ranking officials has been further tightened, corrupt ones break a new yet tortuous path. Zhang Jingli, who acted scholarly, was a “prolific writer.” Books he authored or co-authored that can be found on the market include Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Treatment for the Senior, One Hundred Years of FDA: the U.S. Legal Framework for Drug Administration and Regulation, and Safeguarding Public Health: China Food and Drug Administration’s Exploration and Innovation. Three of his books were written after 2003, the year he took office as the deputy director. Two were respectively published in 2001 and 2002.

He is not the only “scholarly official.” Li Dalun, former party secretary of the city of Chenzhou, Hunan Province, is also a notorious “highbrow.” Li has two publications during his office. One is Calligraphic Works of Dalun priced at 418 yuan ($60). The other is Poetic Years priced at 35 yuan ($5). Both these books were thrust upon various party organs via the Propaganda Department’s directive. He made over 30 million from the two books.

Gao Yong, former director of the Propaganda Department of Chengdu, Sichuan, was convicted of taking bribes and making huge suspicious profits in 2006. He extorted funds from 23 organizations in the name of sponsorship for his books.

Wang Yuexi, former director of the Propaganda Department of the City of Linfen, Shanxi Province, embezzled public funds to publish not only his books, but books of his relatives and friends.


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2 comments to “Corrupt Chinese officials find a novel way to rake in money–writing books”

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  2. wangjian008 | August 4, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    It is weird that people are honored or credited by their social status(political power) and wealth in mainland China, why are there so many government officials pretend they are learned scholars? The only answer may be they are afraid of people will discover their shallowness on civilization and shoddy education, as well as from materialism produced vulgarness.

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