An official in Heilongjiang has been demoted from his position and suspended from the Communist Party after his party guest died from excessive alcohol consumption at a banquet. Very few details have been released about the case, but Xinhua has happily reported that it is another wild success of Xi Jinping’s corruption crack-down.
The Wall Street Journal doesn’t seem to have many details beyond the headline either:
State agents in charge of internal discipline accused [the official, unnamed] of causing the death of a person who died due to excessive drinking after accompanying him to a banquet, state media reported. Neither the official nor the deceased was named in the reports and the Heilongjiang provincial government didn’t respond to a call for comment.
The WSJ follows this text with a few paragraphs about how “OMG people in China drink alcohol during meetings,” but no more details about the actual case. State media is just as vague, and doesn’t seem to know anyone’s name, position, or whereabouts. Regardless, this is an occasion to celebrate, as Xinhua breaks into a big smile about the ongoing corruption crack-down:
Such moves show that top leaders have decided to root out improper behavior by officials that has alienated the people from the government, said Ye Duchu, a professor of Party building at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.
“The top leadership is giving unmistakable evidence it is very serious in this campaign,” Ye said. “A handful of local officials used to circumvent such tight measures by keeping a low profile during the campaign or reporting some of their minor mistakes. This trick no longer works.”
Take that, ‘handful of local officials’! Your days of boozing-manslaughter are rapidly coming to an end, although if the Baijiu Mojito catches on, all bets are off.