1.New laws or regulations

State level: No developments.

Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments.

Communist Party Rules: No developments.

2. Upcoming laws or regulations

No developments.

3. Government Action
(1) It was reported on March 4, 2016 that Haikou Intermediate People’s Court had affirmed the sentence of Liao Yongyu (“Liao”), the former Office Director of Education Department of Xiuying District, Haikou City, at 10 years in prison for taking bribes.
The court found that from December 2009, Liao had been responsible for the construction of elementary schools in Xiuying District and that during his term in office Liao had sought illegal benefits for various construction companies in project management, payment collection, and construction inspection and acceptance, and had taken bribes totaling RMB 132,000 (USD 20,403) in exchange.

(2) On March 7, 2016, Yang Chenglin (“Yang”), the former Chairman of Bank of Inner Mongolia, was tried for suspected bribe-taking, embezzlement, and misappropriation of public funds by the Intermediate People’s Court of Baotou City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Yang’s son and mistress were also tried with him.

Yang was charged with seeking illegal benefits from bribe-givers by abusing the powers of his office, together with his son and mistress, in exchange of bribes amounting to RMB 307 million (USD 47.43 million). Yang was also found guilty of embezzling RMB 6. 28 million (USD 970,318) from Bank of Inner Mongolia, and misappropriating RMB 292 million (USD 45.11 million) from Hohhot City Commercial Bank and Bank of Inner Mongolia for profitable activities. Yang will be sentenced at a later date.

(3) It was reported on March 10, 2016 that Li Zhong (“Li”), the former Director of Government Office of Fangshan District, Beijing, was sentenced by the Intermediate People’s Court of Hengshui City, Hebei Province to 11 years’ imprisonment for taking bribes. His personal property in the amount of RMB 110,000 (USD 16,984), as well as previously detained property in the amount of RMB 1.5 million (USD 231,742), was confiscated.

The court found that from 2009 to 2012, by taking advantage of his position as the Secretary of Party Committee, Li had provided illegally settled payment obligations of one real estate development company and one construction company and accepted and solicited bribes aggregating to RMB 6 million (USD 926,970) in return.

(4) On March 30, 2016, Ji Wenlin (“Ji”), the former Deputy Governor of Hainan Province, was sentenced by the No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court of Tianjin to 12 years’ imprisonment for taking bribes, and personal property valued at RMB 1 million (USD 154,527) was confiscated.

Ji was found guilty of taking advantage of his position from 2000 to January 2013, providing assistance in connection with a national enterprise technology center, arranging job opportunities, and other benefits for several companies and individuals. In exchange, Ji was found to have accepted bribes exceeding RMB 20.46 million (USD 3.16 million). Ji was given a lighter sentence due to his confession.
4. Other

No developments.