30 December 2020
Hu Wenming, 63, the former chairman and Party chief of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), is under investigation for suspected serious violations of discipline and law, according to Chinese anti-corruption investigators. He left his post at CSIC when it merged with state-owned giant China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
He is under investigation the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and China’s National Supervisory Commission, a recently-formed government agency with an anti-corruption mandate.
He had been in the Chinese defense establishment for a long period of time. He had been working in Aviation Industry Corporation of China and the well-known arms manufacturer NORINCO (China North Industries Group Corporation). At CSIC, he was in charge of the development of China’s aircraft carrier program, including the design and construction of the country’s first two domestically-built carriers.
Two other top ranking officials in the same industry were investigated in recent years. In 2018, Sun Bo, then the shipbuilder’s general manager was charged and convicted of corruption and abuse of power, and is now serving a sentence of 12 years in jail. In late 2017, Liu Changhong, CSIC’s head of discipline, was charged with corruption. He was accused of accepting bribes. was sacked and expelled from the Communist Party.