Jiang Zemin’s Former Secretary Accused of Corruption

January 25, 2015 Updated: June 24, 2015

Another close associate of former Chinese regime head Jiang Zemin is being identified as corrupt.

This time, the official on the hot seat is Jia Tian-an, a longtime secretary to Jiang. The first 2015 edition of the mainland magazine China Through the Ages (Yanghuang Chunqiu) reports the personal account of former major general Zhang Jinchang that names an official “XXX” who helped a corrupt official gain a high-ranking position in the Chinese military. It is widely recognized in China hat “XXX” is Jia. The magazine is known to be relatively liberal, but was taken over by Beijing in October 2014.

In 1996, the corrupt official Wang Shouyou,was able to pull some strings to dodge Party punishment and assume the position of construction minister of the General Logistics Department, one of the agencies beneath the powerful Central Military Commission, which oversees China’s armed forces.

“Wang was able to get very close with XXX, a secretary to a powerful leader of the Central Military Commission. Wang treated him to dinner and brought him gifts. And they became like best buddies,” Zhang recounted. “Within 4 months, the secretary, XXX, called the leaders of the General Logistics Department to name Wang as the construction minister.”

When contacted by Epoch Times, a person working within the magazine who did not want to be identified said that the publication of the article itself was not easy—it was simply a way to point out a corruption case, with the name of the subject in question marked with “XXX.”

Both Wang and Jia are from the Ye county in Pingdingshan in central China’s Henan Province.

Wang eventually was promoted to the position of deputy chief of staff of the Chinese Navy, but then was sentenced to death with reprieve during a court martial in 2006, on a charge of embezzling over 160 million yuan (about US$26 million).

Boxun, a Chinese-language news website based outside of China, reported that Wang wouldn’t have been so audacious in his illegal activity without the backing of Jia in July 2006.

Jia worked as Jiang’s secretary whenever Jiang took on different positions over the years—minister at Ministry of Electronics Industry, mayor of Shanghai, and Party Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. In the CCP system, a high-ranking official’s secretary handles his boss’s confidential affairs.

After the 17th Party Congress, Jia was named an alternate member of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in October 2007. And in January the following year, Jia, who was already director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, was appointed the deputy director of the General Political Department, which is the chief political organ below the Central Military Commission.

The corruption charge against Jiang’s secretary came less than a week after his son, Jiang Mianheng, stepped down from a prominent role in China’s prestigious scientific research academy. On Dec. 6, 2014, staunch Jiang ally Zhou Yongkang, the former security czar, was purged from the CCP.

Please read the original article in Chinese.