In a series of dramatic Weibo posts, Caijing Magazine deputy editor Luo Changping has publicly accused National Energy Administration Director and Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission Liu Tienan, of lying about his academic qualifications and engaging in “improper dealings” with business associates.
The timing of Luo’s accusations was particularly ironic, as Liu is currently travelling in Russia with Wang Qishan, the anti-corruption czar. According to Bill Bishop, Luo’s may be “the first non-anonymous accusation on Weibo about a ministerial level official”.
Luo claims that Liu’s qualifications come from a degree-mill and are honorary certificates as opposed to actual academic diplomas. He also raised concerns over the official’s financial dealings and holdings overseas.
Since Luo went public with his accusations, the Beijing News carried a statement from the National Energy Administration press office denying all allegations about Liu. The spokesperson told the newspaper that they “are currently in the process of contacting the department in charge of internet management and the Public Security Bureau about the case and we’re also informing the police. We will use formal legal procedures to deal with this matter”.