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.

Zhou Yongkang can expect tougher treatment than Bo Xilai: analysts

Former security Zhou Yongkang was expelled from the party.

Zhou Yongkang, the former security tsar, was likely to face a suspended death sentence, a tougher penalty than the one meted out to disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai.

Sunday, 7 December, 2014, 8:31am 16 comments

Zhou Yongkang case to put rule by law to the test

Former public security minister Zhou Yongkang. Photo: Reuters

How the Communist Party leadership and judiciary treat the case of former security tsar Zhou Yongkang  will be the first real test of President Xi Jinping’s  ambition to promote government accountability and rule by law, analysts say.

The party promoted the principle of rule by law for the first time in its history at the fourth plenum in October.

6 Dec 2014 - 2:22am 2 comments

Zhou Yongkang kicked out of Chinese Communist Party

Zhou Yongkang kicked out of Chinese Communist Party

Zhou Yongkang, China's former security chief and Politburo member, has been stripped of his Communist Party membership and will face prosecution, Xinhua reported early on Saturday.

6 Dec 2014 - 5:01pm 16 comments

Why the Zhou Yongkang graft probe is taking longer than expected

Vice-minister of justice Zhang Sujun speaks in Beijing yesterday. He said the public would be kept informed. Photo: Xinhua

The graft investigation into former security tsar Zhou Yongkang will take longer than expected because authorities are taking a painstaking approach to gathering evidence, a senior judicial official said.

6 Nov 2014 - 9:04am 1 comment

Zhou Yongkang yet to be prosecuted in corruption probe, senior court official reveals

Former security tsar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for corruption. Photo: Reuters

Authorities have yet to start legal proceedings against Zhou Yongkang because the party wants to ensure a cast-iron case against the former security chief, according to an analyst.

3 Nov 2014 - 6:56pm

Plenum didn’t decide on Zhou graft case ‘as he is no longer state leader’

Jiang Wei answered questions about Zhou Yongkang. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party broke its silence yesterday on the case of Zhou Yongkang, saying there was no decision on his fate at its annual elite gathering because he was no longer a state leader.

31 Oct 2014 - 2:48pm 1 comment

Communist Party elite give backing to Xi Jinping's drive for legal reforms

Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng and Wang Qishan attend the fourth plenum. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party vowed to stop interference in the courts and to ensure the constitution was upheld as it wrapped up an annual agenda-setting gathering of the Central Committee on Thursday.

24 Oct 2014 - 6:30pm 27 comments

Strengthening the rule of law will be a long journey

Stronger rule of law still far away

Today, China's top officials gather in Beijing for a four-day key meeting devoted to the rule of law and to seal the fate of Zhou Yongkang, formerly one of the most powerful men in the country.

20 Oct 2014 - 7:13am 2 comments

Plenum set to decide Zhou Yongkang's fate but don't expect details

Plenum set to decide Zhou Yongkang's fate but don't expect details

As the Communist Party elite converge on Beijing tomorrow to discuss rule of law, few specifics are likely to emerge of the case of former law and order chief Zhou Yongkang.

19 Oct 2014 - 6:09am

Ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang's fate to be decided at party plenum

Ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang's fate to be decided at party plenum

The Communist Party's powerful Central Committee will decide whether to expel and prosecute former security tsar Zhou Yongkang when the party plenum gets under way on Monday.

16 Oct 2014 - 7:52am

Xi Jinping has ambition to push through sweeping changes in China

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

When President Xi Jinping officiates at today's celebration of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the people's republic, two other approaching events will no doubt loom in his mind.

1 Oct 2014 - 4:44am

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

Former security tsar Zhou Yongkang. Photo: Reuters

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.

13 Sep 2014 - 4:29pm

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

Li, an aide to Zhou Yongkang (inset), abused his power to seek benefits for others and accepted “a huge amount in bribes” via his relatives, the party’s graft watchdog said. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Condemned mining tycoon Liu Han is linked to Zhou. Photo: Xinhua

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

Many officials like former Sichuan deputy party chief Li Chuncheng (left) and former Sichuan vice-governor Guo Yongxiang (right) linked to Zhou Yongkang. Photos: AFP, Reuters, SCMP

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