Yang Jing, chairman of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region, and his two deputies, Yue Fuhong and Zhao Shuanglian, have
been ordered to write a letter of self-criticism each to the State
Council for failing to stop billions of yuan of investment being
poured into unauthorized power stations.
The decision was made Wednesday at a meeting of the State
Council chaired by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
The trio are the first group of senior local leaders to be
sanctioned by the central government for ignoring its macro-control
policies aimed at preventing the economy from overheating.
The meeting accused the Inner Mongolian regional government of
being weak in enforcing the central government's policies
concerning macro-control and the reform of the electricity
generating and supply system.
It was revealed that unauthorized power stations being built in
Inner Mongolia have a combined capacity of 8.6 million
The meeting ordered for an immediate stop to all these
The Inner Mongolia regional government has come under
particularly strong fire for the Xinfeng Power Station, which will
have two generating units each with a capacity of 300,000 kilowatts
and be built at a cost of 2.89 billion yuan, or 366 million U.S.
According to an investigation by the National Development and
Reform Commission and Ministry of Supervision, the project was
started in April 2004 without following standard procedures in
project approval, land acquisition and tendering.
The probe reveals that the regional and local authorities failed
to stop the project from going ahead even after it was labeled
illegal by the central authorities.
To worsen matters, the building which houses the turbine
generators collapsed while being built in July 2005, killing six
people and injuring eight others.
The investigators blamed an unreasonably tight deadline and
failure to observe construction standards for the accident.
The State Council urged all departments and local governments to
take a lesson from the Inner Mongolia example and closely follow
the central government's macro-control policies, or face serious
(Xinhua News Agency August 17, 2006)