Former NBS chief sacked for scandal
By Zhao Huanxin (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2006-10-19 10:59 Qiu Xiaohua, former chief of the National Bureau
of Statistics (NBS), is suspected of involvement in the pension fund scandal in
Shanghai, Li Xiaochao, an NBS spokesman, said on Thursday in
Qiu's case is still under investigation, he told a press
conference held by the State Council Information Office in
"Relevant departments, when carrying out investigations into the
Shanghai social security fund scandal, found out that Qiu was suspected of being
involved in severe violations of party discipline," Li said.
disciplinary office is now conducting an investigation into his
The Shanghai pension fund scandal led to the sacking of the
municipality's top Party official Chen Liangyu last month.
This is the
second press conference the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) held at the
State Council Information Office within five weeks, the first one was given by
The State Council removed Qiu Xiaohua from the post of
director of the National Bureau of Statistics last week, replacing him with Xie
Fuzhan, former deputy director of the cabinet's think-tank Development Research
The removal sparked widespread speculations about why Qiu was
sacked. No explanation has been given since then. This is the first official
explanation about Qiu's sacking.
Qiu served the position only half a
year. He was appointed director of the National Bureau of Statistics this
March to replace Li Deshui.
Born in 1958, Qiu
Xiaohua is a native of East China's Fujian Province. He graduated from the
department of Economics of Xiamen University in Fujian in 1982.
served as chief economist and NBS spokesman between 1993 and 1998 and was
appointed deputy director in 1999.
Xie Fuzhan, previously deputy
director of the Development Research Center of the State Council, was appointed
new NBS director.
Xie promised self-discipline when making his first
public speech at a symposium on October 13, emphasizing the NBS will redouble
efforts to "improve the Party's work style and build a clean
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