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Ex-official jailed for abusing his position

A FORMER deputy head of the Taiwan Affairs Office has been jailed for 15 years for taking bribes and abusing his position.

Gong Qinggai amassed 5.3 million yuan (US$770,000) in illegal assets during the nine years to 2015, a court in the central China’s Henan Province said, according to a post on China Central Television’s social media account.

China launched its war on graft in 2013, aiming to eliminate deep-rooted corruption by going after powerful “tigers” as well as lowly “flies.”

An investigation found Gong dishonestly reported stock and real estate assets, spent public money and took gifts, China’s top anti-graft watchdog said last year.

He also played golf, a game frowned upon as being associated with the striking of shady deals, and engaged in “superstitious activities,” a charge often levied at fallen officials, according to the watchdog.

Gong joined the Taiwan Affairs Office, which is in charge of China’s policy on the island, in 2013, having spent his prior career with the government of southeast China’s Fujian Province, his official biography says.

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