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The vice chairman of the government of Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Pan Yiyang, was recently investigated over allegations of a serious disciplinary violation, according to the CCP's central discipline organ. Mainland media say the case is related to the mining industry; Pan is the second Inner Mongolian ministerial-level official to be sacked following the downfall of Wang Suyi, the former head of the united front work department.
Along with four other members of the CCP central committee Li Chuncheng from Sichuan, Wang Yongchun from Petro-China, Wan Qingliang from Guandong, and Chen Chuanping from Shanxi—Pan Yiyang is the fifth to be sacked.
One week before his dismissal, two other Inner Mongolian officials, Wang Zhenkun and Ren Wuwen, were investigated.
Pan Yiyang had been in Jiangxi and Ganzhou for seven years, advocating the restructuring of rare earth resources. In 2010, he was transferred to Inner Mongolia, another major rare earth mining area in China, leading the financial fields. In 2014, he was put in charge of comprehensive economic management and development, after the reorganization of the local government.
Mainland media say Pan Yiyang was involved in corruptionover mining resources.
The fourth inspection team had criticized the prominence of corruption in Inner Mongolia, over the allocation of mineral resources and bidding, as early as last September. The eighth inspection team then targeted Jiangxi's loopholes in mineral protection, development and management.
Jiangxi Gannan is known as one of China's non-ferrous metal mining sites and a ‘rare earth kingdom’ for its complete mines of light, medium and heavy-content rare earth metals. Inner Mongolia has become the largest site in the rare earth mining industry, in China and in the world. It has formed a complete industrial chain for rare mineral processing, smelting, separation, research and application.
China politics watcher Hua Po: "People in a country or region that has valuable resources should lead wealthy lives.”
“But it's not the case in China; people with vested interests and dignitaries monopolize precious valuables.”
“The wealth passed down the interest chain is enormous; I believe Pan Yiyang must have had a slice of the pie as the leader in the area—he was just one person at the front, but there must have been more behind the scenes benefitting."
Foreign media have previously reported that the family of the incumbent Politburo Standing Committee, Liu Yunshan, controls a large number of Inner Mongolian mineral resources including coal and molybdenum-ore.
Liu Yunshan grew up in Inner Mongolia and after graduating from Jining University in 1968, he served in Inner Mongolia until 1993, before leaving for Beijing.
On Oct. 16, 2010, Liu Yunshan congratulated the founding of the Inner Mongolia Chile Culture Research Association, which was also inaugurated by Wang Suyi, from the standing committee of Inner Mongolia. Wang Suyi was sentenced to life imprisonment in July, for taking bribes.
The head of the central propaganda department, Liu Yunshan began including Inner Mongolian military theory in 2011, as one of 10 advanced groups of theories publically taught.
Hua Po: "Both Liu Yunshan and Zeng Qinghong's families are involved—Zeng had once gone on an inspection tour to South Africa to include the country in the project. they've plundered the mineral resources and left the people with only environmental destruction.”
In June 2004, then Vice-president Zeng Qinghong visited South Africa and stressed the fruitful cooperation of China and South Africa in energy and mining. Official data shows that in 2004, South Africa had mainly imported "minerals or its products" from China.
Overseas media also exposed Chu Huibin—son of Chu Bo, the former CCP secretary in Inner Mongolia—saying he had profiteered through speculating in the buying and selling of mineral resources. After the central disciplinary organ's investigation, Chu Huibin gave a coal mine worth hundreds-of-millions to the son of Zeng Qinghong to settle the investigation.
Independent columnist, Liu Yiming: "Every senior Politburo Standing Committee member has his chain of interest from top to bottom, with the standing committee on the top; as everyone's implicated, they ignore each other's crimes."
The CCP's excessive mining has caused a rapid destruction of grassland in Inner Mongolia. Data shows that as early as in 2006, nearly 60% of the total land area had turned into desert, and sandy areas had also increased up to 40% of the total land. Local herders are extremely indignant to the CCP for destroying their future and livelihoods. When petitioning didn't work, some herders tried to block the mining trucks and ended up being crushed alive.