A tiger in the Three Gorges

Political cartoon: Three Gorges Corporation sinking into bid fraud (via Dahe Daily)

Political cartoon: Three Gorges Corporation sinking into bid fraud (via Dahe Daily)

In a now-deleted post, Henan’s Dahe Daily cited online rumors speculating on the possibility that a “big tiger” was behind recent trouble at the Three Gorges Corporation (TGS).

In February, People Online reported that the Central Inspection Team dispatched to TGS at the end of 2013 had found that nepotism and manipulated bids were widespread problems, and some among the company’s leadership were in illegal possession of multiple homes. On March 24, the Central Organization Department announced that Cao Guangjing 曹广晶 would be stripped of his positions as TGS chairman and party secretary, and Chen Fei 陈飞 would be removed as general manager.

Although the removal of the “two generals” of the TGS was not accompanied by any accusations of wrongdoing on their part, speculation by Internet users harnessed Xi Jinping’s declaration that the anti-corruption campaign would hit both tigers and flies to speculate about the possibility that a “tiger,” a “big tiger,” or an “old tiger” might be implicated in the probe.

People Online 人民网: 中央巡视组:长江三峡集团有领导人员违规占有多套房
Dahe Daily 大河报: 三峡集团两高层同时被免 网友称幕后或有大老虎