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  • China's #1 Corrupt Official

  • Was given the death sentence

  • For a lot of bribes

  • And a lot of mistresses.

  • Welcome to China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Corruption.

  • It seems the Chinese Communist Party can't get enough of it.

  • What do you expect when your founding principle iskill people and take their stuff”?

  • But the good thing about corruption is that since so many officials are corrupt, Chinese

  • leader Xi Jinping can use it as a charge to take down his political enemies.

  • And his so-called anti-corruption purge has helped him strengthen his grip on power.

  • In China, no one is safe from the purge.

  • Not even top Party members, like former Security Chief Zhou Yongkang.

  • In 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison for graft.

  • Of course, Zhou had done a lot more than just steal some money, but that's what they officially

  • sentenced him for

  • And in 2018, the deputy mayor of Luliang, Zhang Zhongsheng, was convicted of accepting

  • bribes worth $166 million dollars.

  • And he was sentenced toimmediate death.”

  • Yes, in China, you can get the death penalty for economic crimes.

  • Zhang is still alive though, because his death sentence is waiting for confirmation from

  • the Supreme People's Court

  • And more recently, there was Lai Xiaomin.

  • He was board chairman and Party chief of the state-owned asset management company China

  • Huarong.

  • In early January, he was also sentenced to death for corruption.

  • Over the past ten years, Lai had accumulated nearly $280 million dollars in bribes.

  • The scale of the crime is unprecedented.

  • Not in the 72 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China has anyone

  • been charged with taking bribes this large.”

  • Although to be fair, for most of that 72 years, the Communist Party had kept people way too

  • poor to pay bribes that large.

  • But it wasn't just money that was on Lai's plate.

  • No, no, he really went all in.

  • Chinese Social Media had coined a nickname for Lai: “The 3 One Hundreds”.

  • One hundred Houses, one hundred connections, and one hundred lovers

  • This headline says it all: “He housed 100 lovers in one neighborhood, all of the kids

  • called him daddy.”

  • You'd think that putting 100 mistresses in the same area would cause problems, but

  • I guess when you have 100 mistresses, it's all about efficiency

  • And it makes sense how this guy got so many lovers.

  • Lai's connections with his company China Huarong would introduce him to women, and

  • the women would help Lai occupy his many real estate properties and hide his money.

  • To avoid getting caught, Lai would accept bribes in cash, and personally stow them in

  • a safe in one of his properties.

  • He would drive in circles to avoid any people tailing him.

  • He and his lovers would refer to this house using the codename 'Supermarket.'”

  • Wow, and I bet his wife thought he was being so thoughtful by offering to go to the supermarket

  • all the time.

  • More on that in a moment

  • Because what Lai Xiaomin did was unimaginable.

  • Mainly becauseHe managed to have over 100 women - among them were past wives, current

  • wives, and all kinds of mistresses - live harmoniously with each other, without any

  • disputes.”

  • In its own horrible way, that's actually pretty impressive.

  • I mean, how did Lai even keep track of all these lovers?

  • Well, apparently Lai would number the women so it was easy to remember them.

  • Perfect!

  • Now you might wonder, what did Lai Xiaomin's wife think about all this?

  • Well, wrong question, because it's actually wives, plural.

  • He had two wives.

  • The second one, he married illegally in Hong Kong.

  • One of the things he was sentenced for is bigamy.

  • In 2020, Lai was featured in a documentary produced by China's Central Commission for

  • Discipline Inspection, where he discusses his process of accepting bribes, along with

  • the hardships.

  • Let's hear him out.

  • “I'd drop the money off in one of my houses, I called it 'The Supermarket'.

  • I just put it there.

  • It's all confiscated now.

  • What was I supposed to do with all that dirty money?

  • I was too afraid to spend it.

  • It was nerve wracking.”

  • I kind of feel sorry for the poor guy.

  • He was in too deep!

  • He couldn't spend the money, because he would get caught.

  • But still people bribed him, and how could he refuse?

  • I think it's only fair that they should let him write a book before they execute him.

  • On the day of his arrest, Lai was about to go swimming with his 23-year-old secretary

  • when detectives showed up at his office

  • But he knew this day was coming.

  • Lai Xiaomin was not your average corrupt official.

  • I mean, he was the Party secretary and chairman of one of China's four big state-owned asset

  • management firms

  • Under Xi Jinping's rule where death penalties are on the menu, I can almost understand why

  • all of his hundred lovers didn't have any disputes.

  • They weren't harmoniously living with each other, they were cooperating with each other.

  • Because if word got out, everything would fall apart.

  • And now it has

  • Investigators started looking into his unusually large number of real estate investments in

  • April 2018.

  • And in November that year, they finally arrested him after they found 3 metric tons of cash

  • in his apartment.

  • And that just goes to show: Crime really does pay.

  • Until they execute you.

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from one of you, a fan who supports China

  • Uncensored through the crowdfunding website Patreon.

  • Scott Young asks: "In the credits it looks like you are visiting China.

  • How did you and Shelly avoid being taken into custody and sent off to a labor camp?

  • Thanks."

  • The trick to not being taken into custody in China is...to not go to mainland China.

  • The only parts of China I go to now are Taiwanwhich is not controlled by China

  • Hong Kongwhich I can never go back to now that the National Security Law is in place

  • and the South China Seawhich was probably a bad idea at the time and I can't believe

  • I made it back alive.

  • Thanks for your question, Scott.

  • And thank you for watching.

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  • A dollar per episode makes a huge difference.

  • Once again, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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