SHANGHAI/BEIJING – The mayor of the Chinese city of Nanjing has been removed from his post for corruption, state media said Saturday, the latest official to fall foul of a crackdown on graft.
Ji Jianye was fired for “suspected serious disciplinary violations,” Xinhua News Agency said, using a term that typically refers to the corruption that has become endemic in China.
The decision was made by the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
A Communist Party body that investigates corruption said Thursday that Ji was suspected of serious violations of party discipline and the law.
A state-backed 21st Century Business Herald, said he was investigated over economic corruption and construction projects. It quoted sources as saying Ji awarded projects to a company he had ties with.
Elsewhere, the elite Peking University School of Economics decided to dismiss professor Xia Yeliang, an outspoken economist and free-speech champion, Xia said Friday.