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GM of China’s Sinopec under investigation

Executive of the country’s largest oil refiners part of the crackdown on corruption.

April 27, 2015   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING — The general manager of China’s largest oil refiner, Sinopec, has been placed under criminal investigation amid an ongoing crackdown on corruption.

A one-sentence notice from the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog body said Wang Tianpu was suspected of serious violations of laws and discipline. The phrase usually refers to corruption and abuse of power.

Wang had already been issued a major administrative demerit over a November 2013 pipeline explosion that killed 62 people in the eastern port city of Qingdao.

China’s state-dominated energy sector has come under special scrutiny amid President Xi Jinping’s wide-ranging anti-graft crackdown. Those arrested include the former head of China’s biggest petroleum company, CNPC, and the party’s former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, who made the energy sector his power base.


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