Sun set for jail in latest anti-graft investigation in China

Sun set for jail in latest anti-graft investigation in China

Once deemed China’s brightest rising star in shipbuilding, Sun Bo now finds himself under investigation, the latest high profile shipping executive to be brought down by President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.

Bo, general manager of the northern state-run yard conglomerate China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), was detained for “suspected serious violation of Party disciplinary rules and law”, the ruling Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and National Supervisory Commission said in a statement on Sunday.

More than a million people have faced anti-graft charges since Xi assumed power five years ago, including many shipping-related executives.

Sun started out at CSIC’s flagship, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC), rising rapidly through the ranks to lead that yard and become one of the international faces of CSIC.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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