News / Asia

Chinese Official Demoted Amid New Political Scandal

Ling Jihua, March 14, 2010.Ling Jihua, March 14, 2010.
x
Ling Jihua, March 14, 2010.
Ling Jihua, March 14, 2010.
VOA News
A close ally of Chinese President Hu Jintao has been demoted following reports that his son was killed in a car crash in the company of two scantily-dressed girls, both of whom were injured.

The South China Morning Post cited an unnamed official Monday as confirming reports that Ling Gu, the son of once high-ranking communist official Ling Jihua, was killed in March while driving a luxury sports car.  The reports said he was half-dressed at the time of the crash.

The official news media reported that Ling Jihua was recently dismissed as head of the party's General Office of the Central Committee, not mentioning the car crash.  

The embarrassing reports of the alleged March 18 crash in a speeding Ferrari car follow closely at the heels of China's biggest political scandal in decades - the fall from grace of senior politician Bo Xilai, whose wife received a suspended death sentence last month, after admitting to killing a British businessman by poison.

Both scandals threaten to undermine China's hopes for a smooth, once-a-decade political transition as officials fear that the public will be outraged by cases of excess and recklessness among China's power elites.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Ana Teresa Santos Pereira from: Portugal
September 06, 2012 7:27 PM
Why the world is so afraid? We can not change, because is the truth. Free Tibet. Free Tibet. Enough is enought. The middle way.
We don't fight 4 wars we fight 4 causes.
Thank U. Tashi delek, Merci, Dank, Obrigado, Chi chen, Arigato, Gracias... more languages needed. The right for freedom is allways, allways right now. Act up.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid