Ex-Chinese media executive expelled over British citizenship

Beijing, Oct 10 (IANS) The Communist Party of China (CPC) has expelled a former media executive who was found to have permanent residence in Britain, violating Beijing’s regulation that officials are not allowed to obtain such status in other countries.

Tang Dongning, former deputy president of the Beijing-based newspaper Science and Technology Daily, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and removed from his post, according to the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). The paper is affiliated to and administered by the ministry of science and technology, the China Daily reported on Saturday.

He was found to have illegally gained permanent residence in Britain. He had also helped his spouse and children obtain residential status.

The details of the case was revealed by the CCDI on its website on Friday.

The CCDI said Tang had seriously violated CPC discipline for not reporting his British citizenship status to his supervisor and the ministry. In addition, he concealed the residential status of his spouse and children even though the newspaper requires its management to report all information about their families.

The case will be further investigated.

China does not recognise dual citizenship for its residents and the CPC prohibits its members from obtaining it.

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