Authorities in the People’s Republic of China are investigating the governor of a province that is quickly becoming the country’s new home for aluminium production on corruption allegations.
Governor of Yunnan province Zhang Xiulan is under investigation by China’s anti-corruption department Commission for Discipline Inspection, which the commission made public via a statement released last week. The commission said Zhang was suspected of “grave violations of discipline and the law,” but it did not elaborate any further.
The 54-year-old governor has been in office for just over six years. She had already turned herself into authorities, the commission confirmed.
Yunnan has become a suddenly popular destination for aluminium smelting capacity in recent years due to its ready access to low-carbon hydroelectric power. Chinalco, Henan Shenhuo, and China Hongqiao Group have already moved significant portions of its aluminium smelting capacity to the region, but local governments have been exceedingly generous with environmental standards. Earlier in the week, neighboring Wenshan province was admonished by national authorities for failing to enforce environmental standards upon the aluminium newcomers.
Zhang is one of several officials caught up in anti-corruption investigations in recent years due to Xi Jinping’s greater emphasis on rooting out corruption.