Wen Jiabao Facing Probe After Being Charged With Amassing Wealth

Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, is facing probe by the ruling party of the land, after New York Times reported an article accusing him of amassing huge value of wealth during the tenure of his ten-year long ruling period.

South China Morning Post, based at Hong Kong, reported that the Premier has sought a probe against himself, after the New York Times allegedly came up with a story accusing his family of amassing a huge amount of wealth amounting to 2.7 billion US dollar. Not only this, the report of the New York Times also indicated that the 90-year old mother of the Chinese Premier also owned a stake of 120 million US dollars in the year 2007.

It has also been reported that the Premier has also written a letter to the government’s Politburo Standing Committee (which is described as the party-s main decision-making body) requesting them to remove his name from the list of the party’s last meeting of the outgoing leadership. The Hong Kong-based Post also reported that the Standing Committee had already accepted his request.

The Chinese foreign secretary, along with the Premier himself has rubbished the allegations made by the American media and has called it a planned attempt to malign the prestige of the Chinese Premier in front of the world. After reports came into being, Wen Jiabao immediately asked for a probe against him from the government. On the other hand, no confirmation was made regarding the veracity of what had been reported by the American media just before the organization of the Party Congress where the set of new leaders will be chosen, who would replace the present members.

The South China Morning Post even reported that such ‘hidden riches’ from Wen’s family, as alleged by the New York Times, does not exist in reality. The lawyers of the Jiabao family made a strong statement that the allegations are completely false, and have no bases on reality. They even said that the Premier had never played any role in the family business matters, nor has he allowed the Chinese policies to be framed for the benefit of his family business. The New York Times on the other hand, stands firm on its report.

According to the request made by the Chinese Premier, the Communist Party, the ruling party of the country, has launched an enquiry to probe the Premier’s alleged role in amassing the huge amount of wealth during the period of his tenure.

However, according to the South China Morning Post, the experienced party members, who were against the liberal approach of the Premier, has urged him to disclose everything in detail regarding all the allegations charged against him.

The allegations against the Chinese Premier have been very embarrassing, since he was the frontrunner of preaching and practicing economic reforms. Wen’s own party is being credited to carry out successful anti-corruption campaigns. The timing of the report is also very embarrassing for the leader and the party itself. The Premier is expected to hand over the charges of his office in the month of March, next year.

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