China: China jails official dealing with Taiwan for 15 years over graft

Author(s): Christian Shepherd | Date: April 20, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/WVoVJS | Type: Text

A Chinese court on Thursday jailed a former deputy head of the country’s Taiwan Affairs Office for 15 years, for taking bribes and abusing his position, the state broadcaster said.
Gong Qinggai used his position to amass 5.3 million yuan (US$770,000) in illegal assets during the nine years to 2015, the court in the central province of Henan said, according to a brief post on China Central Television’s social media account.
Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a war on graft shortly after coming to power in 2013, vowing to eliminate deep-rooted corruption in the ruling Communist Party by going after powerful “tigers” as well as lowly “flies”.
Gong, initially accused of the crimes by the state prosecutor in December 2016, could not be reached for comment.