Zhou Yongkang

Zhou Yongkang

Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, became the highest-ranking Party official to fall under corruption investigation on July 29, 2014 when state media announced a probe into his "serious discipline violations". Born in 1942, Zhou was secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the party’s Central Committee from 2007 to 2012. Other positions he held include vice minister of the petroleum industry (1985-1988), minister of land and resources (1998-1999), and Sichuan party boss (1999-2002). In 2002 he became head of the Ministry of Public Security and was made a member of the Politburo’s standing committee in 2007.

Open Zhou Yongkang trial to public

Zhou Yongkang has been indicted on charges of bribery, abuse of power and leaking of state secrets. Photo: Kyodo

With the announcement that former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged and his case handed to prosecutors in Tianjin, the stage is set for the mainland's most anticipated trial since that of his ally Bo Xilai two years ago.

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015, 8:32am

Crime and punishment: what will Zhou Yongkang face in court?

People's Daily has likened Zhou Yongkang to Communist Party traitors of the past. Photo: CNS

The authorities have applied some of the worst labels to the most senior "tiger" taken down by President Xi Jinping's graft-busting campaign.

9 Apr 2015 - 11:35am 3 comments

Zhou Yongkang trial marks high point in graft fight, but can Xi Jinping keep up the pace?

Zhou Yongkang, left, and Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2012. Photo: CNS

Bringing the powerful ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang to trial marks a high point in President Xi Jinping’s war against corruption but questions remain about whether he can build on the momentum.

9 Apr 2015 - 11:29am 2 comments

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang charged with corruption, leaking secrets

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged.

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged with taking bribes, abuse of power and intentionally leaking state secrets.

4 Apr 2015 - 3:00am 14 comments

China's Supreme Court takes aim at disgraced Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai

Speculation is mounting that Zhou Yongkong (left) and Bo Xilai (right) had formed factions to challenge the leadership of the party. Photos: AP, AFP

The Supreme People's Court has for the first time accused disgraced top cadres Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai and others of engaging in political activities "not approved" by the Communist Party.

19 Mar 2015 - 10:39am 4 comments

Zhou Yongkang's long involvement in Sichuan to blame for province's corruption scandals, says party chief Wang Dongming

Wang Dongming said former security tsar Zhou Yongkang's long involvement in local affairs were to blame for the province's series of corruption scandals.

The Sichuan party chief yesterday said former security tsar Zhou Yongkang's long involvement in local affairs were to blame for the province's series of corruption scandals.

8 Mar 2015 - 5:37am

A tall tell-all tale from the dark side of Chinese power

Shen Bing's "autobiography"

For inquisitive mainlanders visiting Hong Kong, a trip to the city's cramped bookstores is as de rigueur as shopping and sightseeing.

9 Feb 2015 - 5:02am 1 comment

Sichuan province officials vow to erase the legacy of former strongman Zhou Yongkang

Newspaper announce the investigation of Zhou Yongkang last year. Photo: Nora Tam

Sichuan has vowed to erase the legacy of disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who was the provincial party secretary more than a decade ago, Xinhua reports.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:00am 1 comment

Top party law body to weed out Zhou Yongkang's influence

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang is accused of trading power for sex and money. Photo: Reuters

The Communist Party's top security commission wrapped up its two-day work conference on Wednesday, pledging to eradicate the influence of disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

22 Jan 2015 - 5:18am

China takes rare step of naming Communist Party factions tied to disgraced top cadres

Xinhua's article says members of the Secretary Gang included several top aides and former personal secretaries of Zhou Yongkang, including former Sichuan vice-governor Guo Yongxiang (from left), former chairman of the Sichuan political advisory committee Li Chongxi, and former deputy governor of Hainan province Ji Wenlin.

Xinhua has made a rare acknowledgment of factions within the Communist Party, and named key members who are tied to disgraced top cadres Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua.

5 Jan 2015 - 6:54pm 22 comments

Rule of law a work in progress

The coming trial of Zhou Yongkang, the biggest "tiger" to be netted by President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption, is much anticipated. Photo: AP

The coming trial of Zhou Yongkang, the biggest "tiger" to be netted by President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption, is anticipated like none other - bar two.

11 Dec 2014 - 1:57pm 9 comments

Top Communist Party paper puts Zhou Yongkang in 'traitor' class

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang. Photo: AP

The Communist Party's top mouthpiece has likened disgraced security tsar Zhou Yongkang to past party "traitors", all of whom were executed.

11 Dec 2014 - 2:00pm 3 comments

Disgraced ex-official Zhou Yongkang's powerful allies cut ties with him

Sichuan provincial party committee pledges to right the wrongs that Zhou had wrought on Sichuan's politics and economy. Photo: AP

Former power bases of disgraced security tsar Zhou Yongkang and his allies have vowed to uphold party unity and oppose the forming of political cliques.

8 Dec 2014 - 9:55am 5 comments

'Petroleum gang' star held wide sway

Zhou Yongkang's career extended across the most influential sectors of modern China - oil, land and the national police apparatus. Photo: Bloomberg

The Communist Party's decision to expel Zhou Yongkang and hand him over to prosecutors has almost certainly put an end to his career, which extended across the most influential sectors of modern China.

7 Dec 2014 - 4:47am 1 comment

Muted reaction in mainland media to Zhou Yongkang's arrest

Muted reaction in mainland media to Zhou Yongkang's arrest

State-run and commercial newspapers reported Zhou Yongkang's arrest and prosecution across the mainland, although they differed in how prominently they carried the news.

7 Dec 2014 - 4:47am 2 comments

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