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China expels two officials over alleged corruption

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:29PM GMT

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has expelled six senior officials including those linked with the scandal-hit retired security czar, Zhou Yongkang, over graft charges.

On Thursday, the Chinese government formally approved expulsions of the six officials, who had been already investigated for graft.

The six are Yang Jinshan, the former military commander of the Tibet region, Li Dongsheng, the former vice minister of public security, Jiang Jiemin, the former head of the state asset regulator, Wang Yongchun, the former vice general manager of China National Petroleum Corporation, Li Chuncheng, the former Sichuan deputy party boss, and Wan Qingliang, the former Guangzhou Party leader.

The incident marks the latest in a series of scandals to hit China.

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

The vow to punish graft came only days after the Communist Party began an investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, by far the highest-profile figure caught up in Xi's corruption crackdown.

A large group of officials have already been arrested since Xi enforced the wide-ranging crackdown on corruption within the Communist Party.

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

The Chinese president said widespread graft threatens the survival of the Communist Party.


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