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  • Sep 21, 2014
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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.

Communist Party's graft investigators digging deeper into Zhou Yongkang's past

Investigators are probing the death of the first wife of Zhou Yongkang, China’s retired security tsar. That investigators are going to such lengths to discredit Zhou is one sign of the power struggle that has raged at the very top of the Communist Party.

Saturday, 13 September, 2014, 4:29pm

China’s Communist Party expels former Zhou Yongkang aide Li Chongxi

Party expels former aide to retired security chief and accused him of taking bribes in the latest move against people close to Zhou as part of graft probe.

11 Sep 2014 - 3:17pm

Rule of law 'not respected' in Zhou Yongkang probe, sources say

The Communist Party leadership intends to use the inquiry into former security tsar Zhou Yongkang and his associates as proof of China's move towards the rule of law at the upcoming fourth plenum.

8 Sep 2014 - 1:00pm 10 comments

Beijing 'ready to begin' trying associates of Zhou Yongkang

Mainland authorities are ready to put a group of officials and businesspeople connected with former state leader Zhou Yongkang on trial, say sources familiar with the situation.

5 Sep 2014 - 5:45pm

China's top judge says Zhou Yongkang probe proves nobody is above 'cage' of the law

China’s top judge has said the ruling Communist Party’s decision to investigate former senior leader Zhou Yongkang demonstrates clearly that no party member is above the law.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:15pm 1 comment

Some provinces puzzlingly slow over backing for Zhou probe

It has been three weeks since the formal announcement of an investigation into retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang but party leaders in some provinces have been puzzlingly slow to publicly declare their support for the decision.

19 Aug 2014 - 6:30pm

Zhou Yongkang case shows China's rule of law still good only in theory

For decades, China's communist leaders have admonished their cadres to "combine theory and practice". This is sound advice for any society. Yet, it is easier said than done.

18 Aug 2014 - 4:30am 20 comments

How much wealth had Zhou Yongkang's family amassed before the former security tsar's fall?

An unprecedented graft investigation into former top Communist Party official Zhou Yongkang has triggered wild speculation about the massive wealth allegedly amassed by him.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:23pm 1 comment

Death sentence upheld for Zhou Yongkang-linked tycoon Liu Han convicted of 'mafia' crimes

A Sichuan mining tycoon with links to former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang has lost his appeal after his death sentence was upheld, the Hubei Higher People's Court announced.

8 Aug 2014 - 4:42am 3 comments

Effective rule of law must be end goal of China's corruption fight

It was not a coincidence that the investigation into the disciplinary violations of former senior party official Zhou Yongkang and plans to discuss law reforms at the fourth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee were announced on the same day.

17 Sep 2014 - 5:50pm 5 comments

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