GM of China’s Sinopec under investigation
Executive of the country’s largest oil refiners part of the crackdown on corruption.
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.