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China expels two officials over alleged corruption

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:29PM GMT

Two more senior officials in China have been expelled from the ruling Communist Party over corruption allegations, paving the way for their prosecution.

Mao Xiaobing, former party boss of the western city of Xining, and Zhang Tianxin, former party chief of the southwestern city of Kunming, were expelled on Wednesday, the Communist anticorruption watchdog said.

"The investigation found that Mao Xiaobing took advantage of his post to seek profits for others ..., took a huge amount of bribes and committed adultery," the agency said.

The watchdog added that Zhang also abused his official position, which resulted in losses of state assets.

The Chinese government has embarked on a wide scale campaign against deep-rooted graft since President Xi Jinping kicked off an anti-corruption campaign two years ago.

On June 30, official Xinhua News Agency reported that Gen. Xu Caihou, a former deputy chairman of the party's Central Military Commission, which controls China's army, has been accused of accepting money and property in exchange for promotions and other favors.

Reports say three other senior figures were also expelled from the Communist Party for corruption - Jiang Jiemin, head of China's state-owned assets watchdog, former vice minister of public security, Li Dongsheng, and Wang Yongchun, a former vice president of China National Petroleum Corp.

Tens of thousands of officials have already been arrested since the start of the campaign.

President Xi has pledged to root out every corrupt official, whether "tigers" or "flies."

The president said widespread graft threatens the party's survival.

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