Xu Ming, former deputy director of China’s State Grain Administration, is currently under disciplinary and supervisory investigation for allegedly committing serious disciplinary violations. Xu Ming is being investigated after his past experience of working with former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai was revisited.
According to a Central News Agency report today, Xu Ming, a former deputy director of China’s grain bureau, was investigated after his retirement from Bo Xilai’s old ministry. The report cited Ming Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper, as saying that Xu Ming, born in 1958, joined the State Planning Commission in 1987 after retiring from the army and was transferred to the Ministry of Commerce in September 2003, when Bo Xilai was appointed commerce minister from his post as governor of Liaoning province in February that year.
After Bo Xilai’s transfer to the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee in November 2007, Xu Ming was also transferred to Chongqing, where he served as deputy secretary general and director of the Political Research Office before joining the Standing Committee of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee in October 2010, becoming a senior official at the deputy ministerial level. He was also the only new member of the Chongqing Municipal Committee Standing Committee in the four years since Bo Xilai ruled the city, and after Bo Xilai’s fall in March 2012, Xu Ming ceased to serve as a member of the Chongqing Municipal Committee Standing Committee in June 2012, and became Secretary of the Party Working Committee and Director of the Management Committee of Liangjiang New Area.
Xu Ming was investigated by the news, has been restructured from the State Grain Bureau of the State Food and Materials Reserve Bureau party group immediately held a meeting, said “resolutely support the central decision, fully cooperate with the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection State Supervisory Commission to do a good job in the review and investigation work. The meeting said that the incident shows that “regardless of position, whether retired or not, as long as the violation of party discipline and state law, will be seriously investigated and severely punished.”
The report also cited the Surfing News, Xu Ming is the 15th cadres under investigation this year. The term “cadres under central control” refers to cadres who are filed with the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee and whose appointment and removal is under the authority of the CPC Central Committee.