A scandal over the death of a playboy son in a wrecked black Ferrari is threatening to scupper the career of the president's ally, Ling Jihua, ahead of the 18th party congress.
The Communist Party's top anti-graft body announced an investigation into Ling Jihua, head of the party's United Front Work Department and a deputy chairman of the CPPCC, on December 22, 2014. Ling had worked for years as the personal secretary of former President Hu Jintao and chief of the Party's General Office. Ling's expected rise to the Polituro was thwarted in 2012 after his son Ling Gu died in a scandalous car crash in Beijing. He became one of the highest-ranking party officials to fall in president Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign since latest 2012.