Known as “Mayor Bulldozer” for the massive infrastructure projects he built while running the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, Ji Jianye traveled to Beijing last year to represent his province in the national legislature. He won’t be at this year’s gathering which starts today.
A government-controlled Chinese newspaper linked Zhou Yongkang to a corruption probe for the first time, signaling that an official announcement of an investigation into the ex-security chief may be near.
President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption is growing into one of the broadest in China’s modern history, snaring dozens of businessmen and government officials and positioning Xi as the country’s most powerful leader in decades.
A Chinese official who was asked to comment on media reports about ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, some of which said he’s being investigated for graft, responded that guilty officials will be punished no matter their rank.
China is probing a one-time aide to Zhou Yongkang for discipline violations, the latest official to be ensnared by corruption investigations surrounding the retired Politburo Standing Committee member.
The elder son of Zhou Yongkang, China’s retired security chief, has been formally detained and is seeking lawyers, the South China Morning Post said, citing three people with knowledge of the matter it didn’t identify.