The general manager of Tonghua Steel Company was beaten to death by angry workers after threatening to fire the entire workforce, 30,000 workers. Workers held on the plant until the provincial government announced Jianlong would not take over Tonghua Steel through television broadcasting.
Chen Guojun was appointed by the private Jianlong Group of Hebei Province. Jianlong's Chiar is son of General Liu Huaqing, deputy Chair of the CCP's central military committee. The CCP's Party boss is Wang Min, nephew of former president Jiang Zemin. With Wang's help, Liu was able to obtain Tonghua, a Top 500 (No. 244 overall in year 2008, No. 128 in manufacturing and No. 195 in taxation) enterprise of China with little investment. Liu rose to Top 10 richest Chinese in 2008 by obtaining state owned enterprises at little or zero cost.
None of the 9 people politico members visited Urumqi after the riot killed 197 innocent civilians, mostly ethic Chinese by Uyghurs. However, Premier Wen Jiabao immediately flew to Tonghua to examine the situation after Chen's death. A general manager with a powerful background weighs heavier than 197 civilians.