File photo of Commissioner of the
National Bureau of Statistics Qiu Xiaohua.
BEIJING -- The former head of China's National Bureau of Statistics, Qiu
Xiaohua, who was sacked in October last year for suspected involvement in a
social security fund fraud, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China
(CPC), according to Party's anti-corruption watchdog.
the approval of the State Council, the Ministry of Supervision had dismissed Qiu
from all administrative posts, the CPC Central Commission for Discipline
Inspection (CCDI) announced on Tuesday.
The commission said Qiu had taken bribes from company owners, led a
"dissolute life" that could not be supported by his regular salary and committed
bigamy when he served as a leader of the NBS.
"As a senior cadre, Qiu ignored the Party spirit and related laws. His
wrongdoing has caused a vile social and political impact. He must be seriously
punished," the commission said.
It also proposed expelling Qiu from the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Qiu had been handed over to prosecutors to face criminal charges, the
Qiu was sacked on October 12 last year, only seven months after he took the
post of NBS director. He was suspected of involvement in the 10 billion-yuan
(1.25 billion US dollars) Shanghai social security fund fraud.
Qiu was born in 1958 in east China's Fujian Province. He graduated from the
department of Economics of Xiamen University in Fujian in 1982 and later joined
He served as chief economist and NBS spokesman from 1993 to 1998 before he
was appointed deputy director in 1999.
Qiu's case is another signal of the Party's hard stand against corruption.
The Shanghai social security fund scandal, which Qiu was found to be involved
in, made headlines in September and led to the removal of Chen Liangyu from the
post of secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee.
Chen is one of the country's highest-ranking officials to fall in the
country's latest anti-corruption campaign.
Earlier this month, the CCDI began investigating allegations of corruption
against the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), Zheng
Xiaoyu, who left his post a year and half ago.
In December, former vice mayor of Beijing Liu Zhihua, who was sacked in June
for corruption, was also expelled from the Party.
In 2005, the Party handed down penalties to 115,000 CPC members, accounting
for 0.16 percent of the total membership.
The penalties included 11,071 members expelled from the party, of whom 7,279
were turned over to the judicial departments for criminal investigations.
President Hu Jintao pledged earlier this month a more severe and systematic
crackdown on corruption at the CCDI's Seventh Plenary Session.
Hu called on government officials and Party cadres at all levels to establish
a comprehensive system to expose and punish corrupt officials, and to make
anti-graft efforts an integral part of the country's economic, political, and
The CCDI has also brought "government officials' collusion with business
people" to the forefront of its battle against corruption.
A total of 3,128 corruption cases directly involving government employees and
968 million yuan (121 million US dollars) were uncovered between August 2005
and June 2006, the CCDI said.