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The monies stolen /corruption by the Pricelings and their family / friends would easily amount to a Trillion Dollars.
Makes the outflow from Russia look like pikers.


www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/wo...html?ref=world (external - login to view)

Even as President Xi presses a sweeping campaign against graft within the Communist Party, he has seized on the case against General Gu to pursue a parallel drive to clean up the 2.3 million-member armed forces. In internal speeches, he has railed against a wider “Gu Junshan phenomenon” of military corruption, demanded action to “dredge the soil that produced Gu Junshan,” and threatened to bring down both “large and small Gu Junshans,” said a retired official and associate of Mr. Xi’s.

In doing so, Mr. Xi is challenging military elders who promoted General Gu and have sought to protect him and themselves from the expanding investigation, the people with knowledge of the inquiry said. Mr. Xi’s goal, they said, is to transform a service larded with pet projects and patronage networks into a leaner fighting force more adept at projecting power abroad and buttressing party rule at home — and to strengthen his own authority.

His campaign presents him with a cudgel to enforce tighter control over an institution that some say has drifted from the party leadership’s orbit even as it remains a bulwark of one-party rule. The investigation into General Gu has shaken the army because of the brazen scale of his activities — estimates of his assets range from several hundred million to a few billion dollars — and because it threatens some of its most senior figures.


China seizes $14.5 billion in assets from family, associates of former security chief - The Washington Post (external - login to view)

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5 billion from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the center of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said.

More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies, proteges and staff members have been detained or questioned in the past four months, said sources who were briefed on the investigation.

The sheer size of the asset seizures and the scale of the investigation make the corruption probe unprecedented in modern Chinese history and would appear to show that President Xi Jinping is tackling graft at the highest levels.

But it may partly be political payback. Zhou angered Xi and other leaders by opposing the ouster of former high-flying politician Bo Xilai, who in September was sentenced to life in prison for corruption and abuse of power.

Zhou, 71, has been under virtual house arrest since authorities began formally investigating him late last year. He is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a corruption investigation since the Communist Party came to power in 1949.
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