China President Xi Jinping’s first public move to combat corruption in the People’s Liberation Army is the biggest step in his campaign to build it into a combat- ready force after decades in which the military served partly as a money-making vehicle.
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.
China’s premier Li Keqiang vowed to extend the fight against corrupt officials, no matter how senior they are, following a report in state media that former security chief Zhou Yongkang is tied to a graft investigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.