Friday, 21 November 2014

Bagging Another Tiger

Mountains of cash, gems, jade and antiques were found in Xu Caihou's home
Can you imagine what a tonne of cash looks like?

Xu Caihou, a former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, was expelled from the Communist Party in late June and his case was handed over to military prosecutors.

And now it has been reported he took tons of bribes in exchange for promotions, so much so there was more than a tonne of cash and precious jade in his basement.

The cash wasn't just yuan, but also US dollars and euros, and there were also lots of precious gems and hundreds of kilograms of expensive jade, as well as rare antiques.

"Case handlers had no option but to call more than 10 military trucks before all the confiscated property piled up like mountains from this former Central Military Commission vice-chairman's house could be taken away," said the report from Phoenix Weekly, a magazine run by Phoenix Television.

The article reported Xu was forced to "bow his head and admit defeat" when confronted with the list of items.

We have to wonder how Xu's stash stacks up compared to Wei Pengyuan, former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission's coal department who had 200 million yuan in cash in his flat.

Both are from very powerful departments in government.

While the amount of cash may be pretty close, it seems like Xu wins hands down for the value of his ill-gotten gains for sure including the gems and jade...

It really makes you wonder -- how may more tigers need to be caught?


  1. now let's go after the families of the likes of Jiang Zemin, Wen Jin Tao, and Xi JinPing...