Chinese Authorities Send Anti-Corruption Team to Probe Dongfeng

Local Automaker Is Latest Target of Government's Investigation

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China's central government sent an inspection team to Dongfeng Motor Corp. to investigate executives of the state-owned automaker for possible corruption.

The team will stay in Dongfeng for a month to conduct the probe, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, China's corruption watchdog.

During the inspection, which began Thursday, the team will listen to complaints filed against the company's management and summon executives for questions.

Dongfeng is the second major state-owned automaker Beijing has investigated. Earlier this year, the government's anti-corruption taskforce targeted China FAW Group Corp., China's oldest state-owned automaker.

A former vice-chairman of FAW and five executives at the sales company of FAW's join- venture with Volkswagen Group have been under investigation for corruption. Dozens of other executives at FAW and the sales arm of its VW joint venture have been disciplined.

At the behest of President Xi Jinping, the central government has investigated central government agencies, provincial governments and dozens of major state-owned companies.

China's anti-corruption campaign has led to the arrest of hundreds of senior government officials and executives of state-owned companies over the past year. Many officials have been convicted and sent to prison.

--Automotive News China--

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