Corruption in China: deputy head of energy agency Liu Baohua under investigation :

The deputy director of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has been placed under investigation for “suspected serious violations of discipline and laws”, the Communist Party’s disciplinary watchdog said on Saturday.
Liu Baohua, 57, joined the NEA in 2013 and took over as its deputy chief in 2017.

The announcement was made on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) using the standard, euphemistic, phrasing for a corruption investigation. It did not elaborate on the nature of the inquiry.

Liu was last seen in public at a press conference late last month at which he vowed to reduce the cost of electricity and improve access to it for residential and small business users.
A day earlier he attended an industry forum, where he called for improvements in energy efficiency and the integration of multi-power storage.

According to the CCDI’s official newspaper, more than 20 energy sector officials have been investigated or punished this year, many of them for corruption.

Last year, former NEA director Nur Bekri was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of accepting more than US$11 million in bribes over a 20-year period.


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