Nanjing mayor out in graft crackdown


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.