Mistresses join in to support anti-corruption drive

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Liu Tienan will be stripped of his position as deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) for suspected “grave discipline violations”, said an official of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, xinhuanet.com reported yesterday.

Liu’s ‘high-profile braving into public attention’ these days has nothing to do with government’s energy policies. Five months after  a spokesman of the NDRC, China’s top economic planner, accused the whistle-blower of Liu’s case of slandering, it seems Liu’s fate to fall from grace is sealed, thanks to the cabinet’s determination to crack down on both “tigers” and “flies” (referring to corrupt official of low and high rankings).

Now, the name of Liu has been removed from the cadres list posted on NDRC’s official website. According to 21 Century, since Liu’s downfall, the originally cumbersome approval process of energy projects by the key department of the central government has been considerably simplified. In the past several months, 50 new energy projects have been approved. According to an insider, Liu acted like a dictator when he was in office.

The Nanfang Daily previously reported that Liu tended to keep to himself after the accusations of wrongdoing last December finally led to a series of investigations into his family. The attendance of the National Energy Sources Work Conference presided by him was limited to the smallest possible circle. Actually, at the beginning of the year, both his son and wife were put under investigation, before any action taken against him. And Liu was seen to be receiving IV drips in his office for a mental breakdown. It is widely known that Liu’s downfall was mainly caused by a woman surnamed Xu, who was once involved with him in an extra-marital affair. Xu gave a call to Luo Changping, the whistle-blower, and tipped him about Liu’s illicit practices.

It is believed that one fourth of corrupt officials at provincial and ministerial-level have been exposed by their former mistresses. A netizen even joked that “mistresses in China have become a pillar of  the anti-corruption drive.

Based on data collected from the Internet, the Liu incident has drawn 31.7% of Internet users to search for “mistress anti-corruption” key words. Meanwhile, some netizens also expressed their concerns about the trend, with one saying “If the risks involved in fighting with “tigers” and “flies” have to be shouldered by common people (including mistresses and civil supervision from the Internet), then the path of fighting corruption is bound to be rocky and long.”

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