A former Chinese anti-dermatologist who worked closely with Vice President Wang Xi’an will stand trial on charges of accepting “extremely large” bribes, according to the Supreme People’s Prosecutor’s Office.
The prosecutor said Dong Hong would be tried in Ingao City, east of Shandong Province, for alleged crimes he committed while serving in the Communist Party’s anti-militant guard, as well as in Beijing’s Hainan state governments.
Dong was accused of “seeking benefits” when he worked as a senior inspector on the party’s Central Disciplinary Committee, which Wang headed from 2012 to 2017 until becoming vice president in 2018.
Wang was highly respected financial technocrat before President Xi Jinping ousted him for a huge position in CCDI. While at CCDI, he oversaw an ambitious anti-corruption campaign that toppled hundreds of high-ranking party officials, military officers, and executives at many of the country’s largest state-owned enterprises.
In January, Xin called corruption “the biggest risk to the party’s governance.” However, many analysts say the campaign has been used to intimidate people who may oppose Xi’s plans to run for a third term next year. Sin contradictoryly eliminated time limits on the presidency in 2018
During his five-year tenure as anti-corruption tsar, Wang was widely regarded as China’s second most powerful official; he was expected to influence US relations and other important political areas as vice president. However, after leaving CCDI, his public presence was largely restricted solemn events with visiting high-ranking foreign officials.
“Everyone thought Wang Kishan would be a big influence as vice president, but in reality he was not given any serious portfolio,” said Willy Lam, a China expert at the University of Hong Kong.
The prosecutor also accused Dong of taking bribes and committing other crimes while holding senior positions in Beijing City Government in the southern province of Hainan, where he was deputy secretary general of the party’s provincial committee.
Although prosecutors did not say how many years Dong worked in Beijing and Hainan, Chinese media reported that he was Wang’s top aide in both places. Wang was a high-ranking party official in Hainan from 2002 to 2003, before becoming mayor of Beijing on the eve of the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Chinese capital.
Dong was first accused of “serious violations” of party rules in October – a general euphemism for corruption – and ousted from the Communist Party in April. At the time of his departure, the official Xinhua news agency reported that Dong had “lost his ideals, is dishonest and unfaithful to the party.”
It is rare for close associates of China’s top leaders to be blamed for the vaccine. Former President Hu Jintao’s aide Ling ih yuhua was early victim of Xi Wang’s anti-corruption campaign.
Ling was charged with corruption in December 2014 and sentenced to life in prison two years later.