Posted September 07, 2018 10:16:51 GoGo restaurants have closed in China due to a corruption investigation, the country’s government said on Monday, in the latest in a series of moves by Chinese authorities to clamp down on corruption and other wrongdoing.
The government said it had ordered the closure of more than 3,000 restaurants and bars, and said it would take legal action against the owners.
The Chinese government has been cracking down on crime, including corruption, in recent years.
In October, the authorities announced they would crack down on fake news websites.
In December, authorities said they would target online gaming companies, a move that has caused outrage in China.
The announcement comes amid growing concerns about a lack of transparency in Chinese law enforcement and public procurement processes.
In June, authorities raided GoGo in Shenzhen, a city of 10 million people in southern China, and arrested the owner, Zheng Zhang.
Zheng, who has been in jail since March, is charged with corruption and has pleaded not guilty.
Zheng and Zhang have denied any wrongdoing.
A statement on the official microblog of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a group of ruling party officials, said the government has ordered the shutdown of GoGo’s operations in China because it is “a corrupt business that has been doing bad business for years.”
In its statement, the government said Zheng and Zhang are responsible for running GoGo “in an environment where it is extremely difficult for the authorities to crack down.”
The statement also noted that the government was pursuing the case against the GoGo owner’s business partners and employees, as well as “any other individuals that may have been involved in corrupt dealings.”
The closure comes as the government in China is cracking down hard on corruption, including the purchase of properties and the misuse of government assets, as part of a crackdown that has seen thousands of people jailed.
In May, the Ministry of Public Security announced a new set of regulations aimed at combating corruption.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to crackdown on corruption.