The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is coming. Around this time, many essential leadership posts would be reselected.  The political fight and purge is also to be expected. 

Last Thursday, June 23, the Disciplinary Supervision Commission of the Chinese Communist Party announced that Liu Hongwu, vice-chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was dismissed from public office and expelled from CCP membership for violating discipline and law.

Liu Hongwu is also the second provincial and ministerial-level senior official in Guangxi to be sacked after the last National Congress. In 2018, Liu Jun, vice chairman of the Guangxi Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a political advisory body, faced the same fate. 

Among many charges against Liu Hongwu, the most prominent one is that he embezzled money from poverty alleviation and rural revitalization projects.

During his tenure as director of the Autonomous Region Development and Reform Commission, many corruption cases in poverty alleviation sprung up. From February 2016 to November 2020, the region discovered 335 corruption cases in this field, involving more than 450 people.

Wei Chen (pseudonym), a former cadre from CCP trade union, told Chinese language media Da Ji Yuan

“Although a certain amount of poverty alleviation funds have been distributed, including student and medical i nsurance, but after officials at all levels embezzle a part of it, there’s little to nothing left for the poor households. “

Ms. Zhu is a resident from Baoxing County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province. Her house was taken to make way for the construction of the expressway. At that time, the government said that she would be paid compensation, but she did not receive a single cent after more than ten years. 

She told Da Ji Yuan:

 “Don’t listen to the CCP talking about such things as poverty alleviation.”

“Those poverty alleviation funds are all allocated to officials’ families and relatives, and they get richer.”

“It’s a fact that ordinary people can’t get poverty alleviation funds, and the elderly in rural areas can’t afford medical care.”

“If you go to them to ask for money, they would say no, you will be beaten and detained.”

“The thugs around the village and town cadres are the mafia, and the village chief is the head of the mafia. The police don’t care if people call them. The police and they are the same.”

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