After investigations revealed that a top official from a province was involved in illegal emgagement, including crypto mining activities, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), expelled him.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection(CCDI), claimed that Xiao Yi (ex-vice-chairman of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Jiangxi province) abused his state-backed administrative power to undermine the political principle “two maintenance.” This refers to CCP’s idea of firmly maintaining party authority.
“[Xiao Yi] broke the new development concept and abused power to support enterprises in “mining” virtual currency activities that did not comply with the requirements of the national industry policy.”
Xiao was involved in introducing and supporting companies to participate in virtual currency mining activities. This led to his termination. Xiao was also found guilty by the Chinese government of using his influence to permit illegal profit-making activities, including construction projects funding and taking bribes. A translated version of CCDI’s report is available here:
“Xiao Yi” was accused of serious violations of the party’s organizational, political, work, and life discipline. He also constituted a serious job violation. He was also suspected to have taken bribes from power.
Xiao Yi, a Chinese government official, was therefore expelled and his property and illegal income were seized to be reviewed and prosecuted.
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