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Editor's note: Zhou Yongkang was sentenced to life imprisonment in the first instance, involving chargesBribery,Crime of abuse of powerAndCrime of deliberately divulging state secrets. Among them, in the prosecution, there is this statement:

Through the presentation and reading of leaked documents and other physical evidence, Cao Yongzheng’s testimony, search transcripts, etc., Zhou Yongkang was confirmed to have violated the provisions of the State Secrets Law, and 5 top-secret documents and 1 confidential document were handed over to those who did not know the contents of the above documents in his office. Cao Yongzheng.Zhou Yongkang said in court that the allegations of the aforementioned crimes were true and had no objections. So, who is Cao Yongzheng?

Please see the report published by Southern Weekend on September 2013, 9-""Guo Shi" Cao Yongzheng".

Author: Southern Weekend reporter Zhang Yu Chun Liu Yunshan

On July 2013, 7, at No. 1 Qianmachang Hutong, north of Houhai, Beijing, the headquarters of Beijing Times Investment Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Beijing Times").

An oversized Jinbei car drove quickly into a secret yard, the door opened, and more than a dozen policemen in plain clothes got out and rushed into the office of Beijing Times Investment Co., Ltd. in Building 1. A police officer with a Sichuan accent told more than 2 employees present that he would gather in this place and hand in their mobile phones. These employees were then concentrated in the multifunctional hall on the first floor of Building XNUMX.

After spending 8 hours in the multifunctional hall, most of the employees were allowed to go home at night, except for Cai Hongwu, assistant to the chairman of the Beijing Times. On the same day, the police seized Building 1 and Building 2 owned by Beijing Times Company, took away Cai Hongwu and all vehicles (including a Rolls Royce worth 1300 million and two BMWs), and frozen the Beijing Times Company Bank account.

The Beijing Times under investigation by the police was established in March 2003. The legal representative of this mysterious enterprise is Zhu Zhenhua, but the actual controller is Zhu Zhenhua's uncle Cao Yongzheng.

Cao Yongzheng, the founder of Beijing Times Investment, is 54 years old. He was one of the “Three Immortals in Xinjiang” in his early years. It is said that he can perceive the past and future of a person through a photo of a person. He even made celebrities and high-ranking officials because of his successful prediction of the outcome of China’s 1993 Olympic bid. Admired, people in the circle respect him as a "national teacher".

The Southern Weekend reporter learned from multiple channels that the Beijing Times under Cao Yongzheng was investigated by relevant authorities for being involved in a corruption case. It is said that Cao Yongzheng, a master who can predict the future, seems to have really foreseeed something and has already left the country.

The Southern Weekend reporter learned from insiders in Beijing Times that the company's investigation was related to many land projects in Chengdu, especially land issues in the high-tech zone.

In the past nine months, the anti-corruption storm surrounding Sichuan and PetroChina has continued to ferment. Many wealthy individuals and officials have been involved in investigations because of land or energy project issues. The Chengdu High-tech Zone is deeply involved, and many land past events have been revealed.

This area is the core of the Tianfu New District, which is the key development of Sichuan Province, and real estate projects have sprung up like bamboo shoots after a rain. Now, many rich people including Deng Hong, chairman of Chengdu Metropolitan Exhibition Tourism Group, Wang Junlin, chairman of Sichuan Langjiu Group, He Yan, chairman of Chengdu Guoteng Industrial Group Co., Ltd., and directors of Chengdu High-tech Investment Group Co., Ltd., a high-tech zone company Chang Pingxing, deputy general manager Xu Liang and many others were investigated by relevant departments.

However, the relevant persons in charge of the Sichuan Provincial Public Security Department and the Sichuan Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection all denied that they were aware of the investigation and "maybe the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is intervening."

According to an insider in Beijing Times, Cao Yongzheng last appeared in the company in November 2012. In a telephone interview with Southern Weekend reporters, Cao Yongzheng’s wife, Wang Wenqin, insisted, “I am currently recovering from the hospital and the company has not been investigated.”

Super Master

From the outside, Cao Yong is a serious middle-aged man. He is of medium build, slightly fatter, and not well-dressed, just like an ordinary person you will meet casually in the community.

However, during the "Qigong fever" in the late 1980s, he was famous in Xinjiang for his "special function" and ranked first among the "Three Great Immortals" in Xinjiang.

After the "Qigong craze" dissipated in the late 1990s, Cao Yongzheng turned to focus on developing the relationship between the political, business and high-end people in the performing arts. He formed deep personal relationships with a number of senior officials in the political, legal, and petroleum system, in a celebrity circle that he carefully maintained. , Cao Yongzheng is respected as the "national teacher".

"People's Daily" director reporter Lai Renqiong wrote an article "The Wonderful Man Cao Yongzheng" (income depends on "The Past is Like Tide", 1998), which describes his miraculous deeds: he has a special perception ability, a picture of a person, a business card , Or something a person uses frequently, you can perceive the person’s past, present, and future within a few seconds or tens of seconds; many intractable diseases that are helpless in large hospitals can be cured by him; he also A professional writer, calligrapher, painter, psychologist, feng shui master, entrepreneur...

The book states that when he was in the third grade of elementary school, Cao Yongzheng showed special perception. He once cured a patient with curvature of the spine by cutting down a curved mulberry tree; he predicted a year in advance which city would win the 1993 Olympic Games; and through the name of a rich man in a computer notebook, Cao Yongzheng even predicted that the rich man would have heart problems within 7 days-and it came true. The rich man was very grateful for helping Cao Yongzheng set up the "World Celebrity Rehabilitation Consulting Club" in Hong Kong in 1997. The membership fee was 80 US dollars. "Foreign Presidents, Secretary of State, Big Entrepreneurs and Big Artists".

According to public information, Cao Yongzheng was born in Qingdao, Shandong Province in 1959. His original name was Cao Zengyu. Later, he followed his father's Xinjiang Construction Corps to the Dazimiao on the southern edge of the Zhungeer Basin. When he was a child, he relied on his father's meager income from the 125th regiment.

After graduating from the Political Department of Xinjiang University in 1982, Cao Yongzheng successively served as a party school teacher, a publishing house editor, and a historian. Later, with his "special function", he became a "psychiatrist" in the psychological consultation clinic of Xinjiang Transcendence Medical Institute. It has also become a guest of many celebrities and senior officials in Xinjiang.

"As long as they are celebrities from Xinjiang, Cao Yongzheng is familiar." A person from Beijing Times Investment told a reporter from Southern Weekend.

Mysterious No. 60 Courtyard of Qianmachang Hutong

In 1992, Cao Yongzheng’s wife Wang Wenqin was transferred to CCTV’s Overseas Center Program Department as a director. Cao Yongzheng claimed to be a “CCTV Special Writer”. The couple left CCTV around 1996 and became Canadian in 1997.

In 2005, Cao Yongzheng spent more than one billion yuan to buy No. 60 Courtyard of Qianmachang Hutong in Beijing as the headquarters of the Beijing era.

This is an elegant courtyard hidden in the depths of Houhai. From the outside, it is just two ordinary four-story small buildings, but when you go upstairs, you will know that there is no world. On the third and fourth floors of Building 1, there are dozens of guest rooms. The decoration is luxurious and more than a five-star hotel. The waiters are all in uniform and well-trained. This is the place where Cao Yongzheng receives all kinds of guests. There are people seeking medical advice, as well as officials of all kinds, and people who wish to contact officials.

According to insiders in the Beijing era, in 2011 alone, four provincial and ministerial-level officials visited No. 60 courtyard in Qianmachang Hutong. Five or six years ago, they also received an old man with a greater background. "As soon as the old man came over, Cao Yongzheng helped him massage." This former subordinate of Cao Yongzheng said that Cao Yongzheng is very researched on Chinese massage. As for "fortune telling", "he hasn't easily fortune-telling these years, at least most people can't help. He will not even personally receive cadres below the level."

Accompanied by the busy traffic in No. 60 courtyard of the former Machang Hutong, Cao Yongzheng built a huge and secret business empire by relying on the relationship between politics and business, and completed the transformation from a super-rich person to a super-rich, almost without being noticed by outsiders. Beijing, Sichuan and Xinjiang are involved in oil, real estate, film and television and even agriculture, and their property is scattered and hidden. "Boss Cao is especially familiar with Sichuan officials. Judging from the bank flow, if his wealth is made public, he will definitely be in the forefront of the Forbes rich list." The insider said.

Cao Chan, the daughter of Cao Yongzheng, is a musical director. One of the stops in the national tour of the musical "Time Pawnshop" directed by him in 2011 was in Chengdu. Li Chuncheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of the Chengdu Municipal Party Committee, also went to Chengdu Art Center to join in.

From feed to real estate

During the rise of the Beijing era, Cao Yongzheng has kept a low profile, and his traces are rarely seen in public. The only trace that can be traced is that in 2001 he attended the "Sichuan Rumex Green Industry Development Seminar" as the chairman of the board of directors of Hong Kong Rumex China Co., Ltd.

According to the Sichuan Daily report at the time, the then Sichuan Provincial Party Committee Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee attended the seminar.

Cao Yongzheng was once the chairman of China Food Industry Group Rumex Co., Ltd. The company's Sichuan office is located in Room 306, Gaofa Building, Jiuxing Avenue, High-tech Zone. There is only one staff member on weekdays. The staff member told the Southern Weekend reporter that Sichuan Rumex Green Co., Ltd. is now controlled by China Food Industry Group. "Cao Yongzheng just took the lead to organize a Rumex seminar that year. Called the "National Teacher", our company is a small company, and only he has the energy to help us organize such a high-standard seminar."

The source also stated that Rumex is a new type of high-yield, high-protein feed crop, which was introduced from Ukraine by a Xinjiang businessman Xiong Jungong in the mid-1990s and developed through hybridization by the Xinjiang Institute of Agricultural Sciences. The most glorious period of the Sichuan company was from 2001 to 2003. At that time, under the vigorous promotion of the Sichuan Provincial Government, the local animal husbandry bureaus purchased Rumex forage seeds and distributed them to farmers for free. "At that time, the annual sales could reach Several million yuan, but due to the need to take care of them, these seeds were given to farmers at the time, and farmers didn’t want to plant them. Now the government doesn’t buy them. We can hardly sell a few bottles a year."

Xiong Jungong was once the legal representative of Sichuan Rumex Green Industry Co., Ltd. According to people familiar with the matter, Xiong Jungong is a classmate of Cao Yongzheng at Xinjiang University. He usually works in Building 60, No. 1 Yard of Qianmachang Hutong, and has done some foreign trade with the help of Cao Yongzheng.

Feed business is not the most important thing for Cao Yongzheng. His bigger business in Chengdu is real estate development. An employee of Beijing Times told the Southern Weekend reporter that the investigation of Beijing Times may have been involved in corruption cases in two real estate projects in Chengdu.

On June 2003, 6, Sichuan Western Film and Television Base Construction Co., Ltd. was established. The legal representative is Wang Guoju. The company was jointly funded by Sichuan Western Film Co., Ltd. and Chengdu Borui Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., each of which contributed 24 million With 675 million yuan. The legal representative of Sichuan Western Film & Television Co., Ltd. was Wang Guoju when it was established. In 325, it was changed to Cao Yongzheng. Chengdu Borui is a small and well-known local developer in Chengdu that has developed a number of large-scale commercial and residential projects in Qingyang District.

Two weeks after its establishment, the company carried out an equity transfer. Sichuan Western Film & Television Co., Ltd. transferred 18.5% of its shares to Sichuan Times Investment Co., Ltd. Sichuan Times Investment Co., Ltd. is the main body of Cao Yong's operation in Sichuan. Although Cao Yong is a major shareholder, the legal representative, executive director and general manager of the company were Wang Guoju when it was established. It was not until 2007 that the "relationship" between Cao Yongzheng and Wang Guoju broke down, Wang withdrew from the above-mentioned companies, and the legal representative was changed to Cao Yongzheng.

The information obtained by the reporter from Southern Weekend shows that Sichuan Western Times Film and Television Base Construction Co., Ltd. was established specifically for the "Western Film and Television Base" project in Qingyang District. This was a project approved by the Sichuan Provincial Planning Commission (Sichuan Planning Society 2002·642 No. Document), and signed a land acquisition agreement with Chengdu Land Acquisition Center in 2002.

However, the project was quickly changed after acquiring land in the name of the Western Film and Television Base. You Tianbin, deputy director of the Supo Sub-district Office in Qingyang District, said, “They came here under the name of CCTV and said that they wanted to build a film and television base. The plan has almost been changed and real estate development has begun."

Standing in the community office on the third ring road in Chengdu, the person in charge of the Qingjiang Village community in Supo Township also told the Southern Weekend reporter, "Back then, they demolished all the land in the name of a film and television base, but later it turned into a residential project. It was not until last year that farmers moved their houses back and built them." When asked how much land the film and television base circled, the person in charge pointed to several real estate projects behind him, saying that these lands were all in the western film and television base project circle.

Mystery Villa Group

Another real estate project partner with Cao Yongzheng, the boss of Chengdu Hi-tech Real Estate, is now behind bars.

In July 2013, Pingxing and Xu Liang were taken away by the discipline inspection department for investigation. Pingxing served as Director of the Planning and Land Bureau of Chengdu High-tech Zone, Director of the Planning and Construction Administration of Chengdu High-tech Zone, Chairman of Chengdu Gaoxin Real Estate Co., Ltd., and Chairman of Chengdu High-tech West Development and Construction Co., Ltd.; Xu Liang successively served in the Planning and Construction Bureau of High-tech Zone Chief staff member, person in charge of real estate department, deputy director of urban construction department, chairman and general manager of Chengdu High-tech Real Estate. An insider of the Management Committee of the High-tech Zone said that the two people were investigated because of the land issue that occurred many years ago.

Public information shows that the intersection of Pingxing, Xu Liang and Cao Yongzheng lies in the Tianfu International Community.

In November 2007, Sichuan Times Investment Company and Chengdu Gaoxin Real Estate Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chengdu Gaoxin Investment Group, signed a contract to develop the "Tianfu International Community" project. The project has a total investment of about 11 million yuan and covers an area of ​​8 mu. At the signing ceremony, the assistant mayor of Chengdu and the secretary of the Party Working Committee of the High-tech Zone attended the ceremony. Pingxing, Xu Liang and Cao Yongzheng also appeared at the ceremony. on.

At that time, Chengdu Gaoxin Real Estate Co., Ltd. and Sichuan Times Investment Co., Ltd. agreed to establish Chengdu Gaotou Shiji Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. each with a capital of 1 million yuan, each holding 50% of the shares. The legal representative and chairman are Cao Yongzheng and the general manager is Xu Liang. Chengdu Gaotou Era Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. is the project company of Tianfu International Community Project.

The first phase of Tianfu International Community, which was completed in 2011, is separated from the Chengdu Municipal Government by a highway around the city, and is surrounded by Tiexiangsi Water Street and the famous park Jincheng Park in Chengdu. Thirty-six single-family villas are hidden in a 36-meter-high white wall, with a maximum area of ​​more than 3 square meters. The community is equipped with kindergartens, libraries, five-star hotels, business centers, churches, outdoor sports fields and other public service facilities.

The strange thing is that the villa project in such a superior location is only rented but not sold, and it claims to be rented only for foreigners. According to an insider of Gaoxin Real Estate, the land is allocated and cannot be sold.

The property company of Tianfu International Community is Shanghai Shangfang Property Management Co., Ltd. A person from the company said that most of the villas in this community are now vacant, with only about 10 inhabited, including the CEO of Intel Corporation in Chengdu, the ambassador of the U.S. Consulate, and a Chinese Canadian. “There were also two Shaanxi bosses last month. When I drove by, I stumbled upon the villa hidden behind the wall. I really liked it. Asked if I could buy it, we could only tell them not to sell it."

A real estate practitioner in Chengdu said that Tianfu International Community is relatively mysterious in the industry. Single-family villas in this area are extremely precious. A nearby townhouse has sold for more than 3 square meters, and Tianfu International Community can sell at least 2000 yuan at the market price. The market price of each set is estimated to be nearly XNUMX million yuan per square meter.

The above-mentioned people also said that most of the projects done by Gaoxin Real Estate are relatively mysterious in the industry, and they are hardly opened to the outside world. In many cases, they are subscribed internally. He also said that since 2003, the state has clearly proposed to stop the supply of land for villas (especially single-family villas), and it is puzzling that this piece of land can still be approved.

The relevant persons in charge of the Chengdu High-tech Zone Planning Bureau, the Land and Resources Bureau and the Chengdu Land and Resources Bureau all told the Southern Weekend reporter that they had not heard of the Tianfu International Community Project.

"The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection only came to the Land and Resources Bureau to investigate the land of Deng Hong Exhibition and Vanke Xindu." The relevant person in charge of the Chengdu Land and Resources Bureau said that many land problems occurred in the procedures before the land auction.

An insider of Gaoxin Real Estate said that the nature of this land was allocated land. As for why it became such a luxurious villa community, he did not know.

Industry and commerce data show that in August 2009, Sichuan Times Investment Co., Ltd. transferred 8% of the shares of Chengdu Gaotou Shidai to Gaoxin Real Estate, and the legal representative was also changed from Cao Yongzheng to Xu Liang.

A local real estate agent in Chengdu said that many land problems in Chengdu existed before the land bidding, auction and listing system was implemented. From Tianfu Interchange to the southern area around Lushan, most of the land was owned ten years ago. Among them, the land issue in the high-tech zone bears the brunt.

According to the announcement of the Management Committee of Chengdu High-tech Zone, Chengdu High-tech Zone was approved as the first batch of national high-tech industrial development zones in 1991. The existing planned area is 130 square kilometers and is located in the core area of ​​the planned Tianfu New District. In the latest ranking of the National High-tech Zone by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2011, the sustainable development capacity of Chengdu High-tech Zone ranked second in the country.

As far as Chengdu is concerned, the Chengdu High-tech Zone is even more non-ordinary administrative division. According to the official website of Chengdu High-tech Zone, it implements a leadership system based on the joint construction of provinces and cities, with the city as the mainstay. The provinces and cities have established a leading group for the construction of the high-tech zone. The special setting of the Chengdu High-tech Zone has indirectly created the provincial and municipal levels. The high-tech zone management committee and high-tech investment group have extraordinary land development capabilities.

The land issue in the high-tech zone has also become an important aspect of the anti-corruption storm. Regal Chengdu Metropolis Exhibition Tourism Group Chairman Deng Hong and Chengdu Guoteng Industrial Group Co., Ltd. Chairman He Yan are all allegedly involved in the case.

At the end of July 2013, Cao Yongzheng’s assistant Cai Hongwu was released, but the bank account of the Beijing era was still frozen. According to an employee, Cai Hongwu called some middle managers of the company one by one to appease, “Trust Boss Cao and wait. In a few months, after the bank account is unfrozen, it may be able to reorganize the rivers and mountains."

Article reprinted from Southern Weekend

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