Chinese Energy Honchos Surrender Passports as Graft Probe Widens: Reports

Up to 1,000 section heads and China National Petroleum Corporation executives also ordered to submit daily attendance, claims local media

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Employees of China National Petroleum Corporation carry out routine checks at a gas refinery in Suining, Sichuan province Nov. 19, 2009.

Middle- and top-ranking officials at China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have been ordered to surrender their passports, according to reports in the Chinese and Hong Kong press, in a bid to stem fallout from a widening corruption inquiry.

Passport requirements were introduced at a company-wide meeting last week, a source close to the state-owned energy company told the South China Morning Post. Four top CNPC officials, including deputy general manager Wang Yongchun, are currently under investigation for corruption.