Dai Lu

The Disciplinary Commission of Jiangsu Province and the Yangzhou Municipal Party Committee are deeply concerned over the issue of inappropriate lifestyle practices of leading cadres in Yangzhou City recently spread on the Internet. Upon investigation, Official Wei, deputy mayor of Huai’an City Government (who used to work in Yangzhou City) and Official Dai, deputy director of the Guangling District Commerce Bureau of Yangzhou City, are found to have deviant lifestyles. They are currently being investigated for culpability under standard protocols pending removal from office.


As usual in China, one cannot rely on official media to get the whole truth. On social media, resourceful Chinese netizens did their own investigation and revealed the identity of all officials involved. The female protagonist is Yangzhou City Guangling District Deputy Director Dai Lu. Apparently, Dai Lu, who is married to a deputy secretary, was having an affair with a deputy mayor.


Mr Wei’s former appointment was Guangling District Party Secretary. That was when he met Dai Lu, but after being posted out to Huai An, he continued to make regular trips to Yangzhou to meet up with his old flame.


A bit about Dai Lu’s background. She was born in 1993 to a wealthy family in Yangzhou. She graduated from Sichuan Normal University, majoring in foreign affairs.

In 2012, at the age of 19, she was accepted into the prosecutor’s office in Yangzhou’s Baoying County. At that time, she was already having an affair with broker. She had planned to marry him but the broker’s wife did not agree to a divorce. She went on to become a mistress of a superior. In 2018, she was transferred to work as a Communist Party activity organiser. At that time, she was the mistress of some military officer. Complaints from the officer’s family bombarded Dai Lu’s department.


Meanwhile, Dai Lu’s career had taken off with lightning speed. By age 28, she was already a deputy director of the Party’s finance department. Incidentally, the man she was having an affair with in her husband’s apartment, Deputy Mayor Zhang Li Tao, is in charge of finance in her department. Her affair with Zhang started before her promotion and went on after her marriage.


Laughably, Da Lu once posted an article on the website of the CCP’s Disciplinary Committee entitled: 学、知、筑、守”促党员干部廉洁自律 (Education, knowledge, construction, preservation to promote the integrity and self-discipline of party members and cadres). She was also an ambassador in videos praising socialist values and party leadership. That embarrassing article and videos have been removed from all websites in China.


As her public appearance got more and more frequent, Dai Lu’s superiors urged her to get married fast to mend her reputation. She went into speed dating and got to know a deputy director’s son, but as they were contemplating marriage, the man’s family found out about her reputation and cancelled the wedding. They realised that she was just using them.

Just as her superior was getting worried, a Mr Li Rui Biao from Wuhan was transferred to Yangzhou. Just 2 years Dai Lu’s senior, he was introduced to Dai Lu and was immediately smitten. Unaware of Dai Lu’s reputation, Mr Li refused to believe the “rumours” and proposed to her after their third meeting. Even bought a small apartment to show his sincerity. Despite his humble background, Dai Lu agreed to marry him.


After the wedding, the couple moved into Dai Lu’s villa. Li Rui Biao’s apartment was left empty. Last year, Li discovered to his surprise that his empty apartment was getting substantial water and electrical bills. Suspicious that someone might have been using his apartment without his knowledge, he installed hidden cameras inside. He was shocked by the footage. His wife had been meeting up with Deputy Mayor Wei Feng. Apparently, there was another man in the videos but this cannot be verified.


Li reported the matter to the Party. Dai Lu and Wei Feng are currently under investigation. Mr Li Rui Biao is currently silent on the matter as it is already in the hands of the disciplinary committee. Netizens suspect that the Guangling authorities may have been presented with more than one male protagonist in Dai Lu’s videos and someone outside the county could have been used as scapegoat to distract public attention from local protagonists.

While Dai Lu’s strategy of sleeping her way to the top may not be atypical of party cadres’ behaviour, some netizens have expressed disappointment with Li Rui Biao’s impulsive action of exposing Dai Lu’s affair so soon. Couldn’t he have confronted Dai Lu and her lover(s) with the evidence and blackmailed them? That would have been a much wiser think to do. Depending on how many people have being caught in the act, the videos could have been worth millions.

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