China: Former Vice Governor of Hebei Accused of Taking $7.6 Million in Bribes

A former deputy governor of China’s northern Hebei province was accused of taking more than 50 million yuan ($7.6 million) in bribes between 2006 and 2013 in exchange for business favors to others.

Li Qian, 60, stood trial Tuesday in a Beijing court, facing corruption charges. Li became a vice governor of Hebei in 2017 after spending years in top positions in Baoding and Hengshui in Hebei.

Prosecutors accused Li of offering favors to people in real estate and construction projects, mainly during his tenure as city head of Baoding and Hengshui.

Li pleaded guilty before the court. A sentence will be announced at later date, the court said.

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