China: Ex-shipbuilding boss in China faces corruption probe

The ex-boss of one of China’s largest shipbuilding conglomerates and former head of its aircraft carrier development programme is under investigation by the country’s top anti-corruption watchdog.

Hu Wenming, who retired as chairman of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) in August 2019, is suspected of “serious violations of law and discipline”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said late Tuesday.

Hu is the latest in a long line of top executives and senior Communist Party members to be brought down by President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, which critics say serves as a way to remove his political enemies.

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