SCMP reports: “New party boss evokes memories of ex-leader’s 1992 tour and issues a signal of his commitment to change by heading to Shenzhen on first trip
“Xi Jinping has decided Shenzhen will be the venue for his first inspection trip as the party’s new general secretary.
“It is a move political observers say pays tribute to the famous southern tour of Deng Xiaoping in 1992 and sends a signal of commitment to deepening reform.
“A Shenzhen propaganda official said Xi, who will succeed Hu Jintao as president in March, would follow in the footsteps of Deng’s tour to ‘express his determination to further deepen China’s reform’.
“Xi is due to visit the Yunong fishing village in Luohu, the Qianhai experimental zone and export factories in Shekou today, before heading to Zhuhai and Guangzhou.”
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SCMP reports: “Seven high-ranking administrators at public hospitals in Shenzhen – including four current and former presidents – were sentenced on Wednesday to between 6½ and 13 years in jail for taking millions of yuan in bribes.
“The disgraced hospital officials, also including a deputy president and two department heads, were convicted by the Yantian District People’s Court of accepting between 130,000 yuan (US$20,410) and 3.24 million yuan (US$508,680), largely from drug and medical-appliance suppliers, project contractors and staff members who wanted promotions.”
“The hospital officials were two former presidents of the Henggang and Pingshan hospitals in Longgang district, the president of the Guangming hospital in Baoan district, a former president and deputy president of the Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital in Futian district, and department heads at Baoan and Longgang hospitals.
“Since the city’s health bureau launched a crackdown on bribery in the medical community in June, Shenzhen police have arrested at least 20 managerial staff from 13 local hospitals, as well as 23 other people for offering bribes. Prosecutors said the verdicts handed down on Wednesday were the start of a series of corruption-related cases related to the city’s public health care sector. Four other hospital directors are to stand trial soon.”
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SCMP says, “Guangdong authorities have shut down at least seven Shenzhen non-governmental groups that advocate for the rights of migrant workers.
“Veteran labour-rights activists have described the five-month crackdown as unprecedented.”
“Several activists told the South China Morning Post that they were evicted from their offices after their landlords were pressured by officials who conducted frequent checks of the facilities.
“Mainland labour-rights NGOs often report of harassment from the authorities, who fear that foreign-funded and lobbying groups could organise large-scale strikes, incite protests or trigger social unrest.”
Illegal abattoirs shall be banned not only because of their poor sanitary conditions but most import of all because the pork from them has not been checked to ensure it is free of cysticercus celluloses
According to a report by Southern Metropolitan News, in the border forest between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, there are secret illegal abattoirs that use the dirty water there to wash pigs and lots of dirty unhealthy pork is sold on Shenzhen market.
Law enforcement teams have difficulties in eliminating them as they are easy to move and set up at very low cost. They need but a few pots and workers, but are very much profitable. They are popular because they charge only 10 yuan for processing one pig while a legal abattoir charges 30 yuan plus the charges for boiler, fuel, etc.
Analysts believe there are in addition problems that various law enforcement departments involved do not cooperate with one another but act alone and shirk responsibility to one another when problems emerge.
SCMP says, “Shenzhen has released preliminary details on the local impact of a province-wide crackdown on corruption, claiming 146 government officials have been arrested since February on suspicion of involvement in cases of graft totalling 150 million yuan (US$23.6 million).”
Those arrested included 36 high-ranking officials – four at bureau head level and 32 at department head level – according to a report on the Shenzhen government’s official website.
“Another Guangdong city, Shantou, said on Tuesday that eight of its senior officials had been arrested during the crackdown, including the former chiefs of its transport, public security, urban planning and land agencies.”
“More than 1,000 party cadres and civil servants across the province have been investigated for graft so far.”
SCMP says, Guangdong party boss Wang Yang has “launched a high-profile campaign against economic crimes” since February. “More than a thousand party cadres and civil servants across the province are under investigation.”
“As part of the campaign, 300 armed police under the command of the Guangdong government raided the office of a property developer in Huizhou, east of Guangzhou, on Friday and arrested 40 people, the Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday. The developer was identified as Hu Weisheng, or Vincent Wu, and he holds a US passport and Hong Kong ID card. The report said Huizhou police were not notified about the operation, nor did the government give a reason for the raid.”
In a separate report, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao says today that Guangdong raised the slogan of “three strikes and two construction” at the beginning of this year. “Three strikes” are striking the malpractices of domination of the market, manufacture and sale of fakes and commercial bribes; while “two constructions” are to build up social credit and market supervision systems. Zhu Mingguo, deputy secretary of the Provincial Party Committee is in charge of the task force for the “three strikes”.
According to Ming Pao, the scope of “three strikes and two constructions” is quite wide. It covers the development of a clean government. The downfall of Xie Pengfei, a former deputy secretary general with the provincial government, and Wei Jinfeng, deputy head of the province’s financial bureau, mentioned in SCMP report were also the results of the campaign. Provincial Party boss Wang Yang said that for the “three strikes”, the point of breakthrough should be “fighting against organized crime and removing evils”. In doing so, full measures shall be adopted and efforts shall be made to destroy the headquarters.
The paper says, in fighting against organized crime, accuracy in identifying the targets is often stressed in Guangdong. In March this year, the police destroyed Hong Kong triad Sun Yee On’s branch in Shajing, Shenzhen and arrested 102 of its major members including its head.
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SCMP: Shenzhen seas seriously polluted
Only 38pc of coastal waters off the city found to be clean, 2011 study by urban planning body shows
Nearly half of Shenzhen’s coastal waters were found to be seriously contaminated last year, and nine sewage drainage lines were found to be discharging excessive pollutants, according to a maritime study.