BEIJING (AP) — A former vice governor of China’s vast Tibet region has been charged with bribery, state media reported Friday.

Zhang Yunze is the latest former senior official to be accused of bribery just weeks before a major congress of the ruling Communist Party, whose leader Xi Jinping has made the fight against corruption a signature issue.

Zhang “used his former position and power to seek benefits for others” in obtaining government contracts and promotions, for which he “illegally accepted a large amount of money and valuables in return,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted the indictment as saying. saying.

Zhang’s case is being handled by prosecutors and courts in the western province of Shaanxi, under the practice of transferring cases involving high-ranking officials and serious charges. High on the Tibetan Plateau, the region is rich in minerals and is run as a virtual police state to guard against independence sentiment among the indigenous population, who are ethnically, linguistically and culturally different from the Han majority in China.

Deadly anti-government protests swept the region in 2008, fueled by the Communist Party’s brutal rule and the loss of economic opportunities for Chinese migrants. Security forces ruthlessly suppressed the protests, imprisoning or executing an unknown number of people.

The former head of China’s Ministry of Intelligence and Counterintelligence was charged with bribery on Wednesday. Liu Yanping, who headed the discipline inspection branch of the State Security Ministry’s Central Party Commission, was another reminder of Xi’s promise to fight corruption “both among flies and among tigers.”

on friday former Deputy Minister of Police Sun Lijun was given a two-year suspended death sentence on charges of stock market manipulation, bribery and other crimes. At least two former cabinet officials appear in the case.

State media said Liu accepted “huge” amounts of property from others in exchange for favors. These often involve disrupting investigations or offering promotions for money.

Earlier this month, he was expelled from the party in a sign that he will be charged, tried and almost certainly given a long prison term.

This initial investigation found that Liu had “lost his ideals and convictions” and was “downright politically corrupt”. He “exchanged political power for interests and turned his power into a tool to seek political capital, personal benefits and wealth,” the reports said.

Liu was found to have “engaged in superstitious activities” and accepted invitations to golf games, banquets, tours and medical services from private businessmen, “which may compromise his impartiality in the performance of official duties,” the reports said.

In Sano’s case, a former justice minister and a former ruling party official who were accused of conspiring with him received similar sentences. Sun was found guilty of accepting 646 million yuan ($91 million) in bribes and accused of using his position in 2018 to manipulate stock markets to help a trader avoid losses. He has also been accused of selling official jobs and resigning during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It used to be Sun named in the lawsuit US Department of Justice v. Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, seeking to compel Wynn to register as a foreign agent. The department cited lobbying work it said Win was doing for the Chinese government.

The suit says senior officials, including Sun, wanted Win’s help in trying to deny the Chinese national a visa, the complaint said. Beijing wanted the man, who had been accused of corruption and asked for political asylum, to return to China.

Xi launched his anti-graft campaign shortly after becoming party leader in late 2012. It was sometimes seen as a tool to eliminate political rivals and intimidate the vast bureaucracy into compliance. It has also sometimes provoked a backlash from the public, as in the case of the strict enforcement of zero-covid-19 restrictions, which have crippled the economy and upended the lives of millions.

At the party congress, Xi is expected to try to break with tradition and seek a third five-year term as leader.

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