On May 11, Su Yonghong, deputy general manager of Guizhou Water Resources Investment (Group) Co., Ltd. was expelled from the party and public office (double-opening), Su Yonghong was accused of lack of political beliefs, avidly reading books and magazines “with serious political problems” outside the country.
On May 11, the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) website released the above notice. According to the Guizhou Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision news: Guizhou Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision of Guizhou Province Water Conservancy Investment Vice General Manager Su Yonghong serious disciplinary violations of the law to carry out a file review and investigation.
The report said Su Yonghong lack of political beliefs, keen to read foreign books and magazines with serious political problems, engaged in feudal superstitious activities. In addition, the notice also refers to Su Yonghong run officials, interference, meddling in engineering projects, illegally accepting large amounts of money from others, suspected of bribery crimes, irregularities in promoting the construction of engineering projects, resulting in particularly significant losses in national interests, suspected of abuse of power by state-owned companies.
The problem of “avidly reading foreign books and magazines with serious political problems” also appeared in the past many times in the notification of fallen officials.
On Oct. 29, 2020, Chen Zehun, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Hunan Provincial Party Committee and former executive vice mayor of the municipal government, was expelled from the party. Chen Zehun was accused of “privately buying and carrying books and magazines with serious political issues from abroad and reading them for a long time and keeping them in his private possession”.
On September 17, 2019, Niu Xiangdong, a former inspector of the Gansu Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology, was expelled from the party and public office. The report said he had “lost his political stance, right and wrong, keen to read books and magazines with serious political problems”.
On August 9, 2018, Wu Dehua, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Chongqing Yubei District Committee, was expelled from the party and public office for serious violations of discipline and law. Wu was accused of “seriously violating political discipline and political rules, losing his political stance, separating from the Party Central Committee, buying and privately storing reactionary magazines, spreading political rumors, joining illegal organizations, and attempting to create his own distorted doctrines.
According to the official media, at the beginning of 2017, Wu specifically forwarded political rumors about the country’s political situation and articles that sang the praises of China’s economy from abroad to Sun Zhengcai’s mistress Liu Fengzhou, asking her to focus on Sun Zhengcai’s movements; in July, after Sun Zhengcai’s case, fearing that he would be implicated, Wu specifically asked someone to bring back two “reactionary” magazines from abroad, with the intention of In early 2018, Wu purchased four more “reactionary” magazines from abroad to read and keep until the case was discovered.
Commentator Zheng Zhongyuan has written about why CCP officials would risk buying books and magazines from outside the country, arguing that the CCP regime is currently facing internal and external problems, and that information is tightly blocked.
Some commentators have suggested that this comical phenomenon shows that the CCP is losing hearts and minds, and that the internal disintegration is accelerating.