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  • Aug 28, 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.

Findings of graft probe into former security chief Zhou Yongkang set to be revealed

The formal announcement of the findings in the corruption investigation of retired national security chief Zhou Yongkang could come at about the time of an earlier-than-usual annual party meeting late next month.

Monday, 14 July, 2014, 3:32pm 5 comments

Three more aides of ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang axed from Party for graft

Three more former aides of Zhou Yongkang have been expelled from the Communist Party for graft and are now facing prosecution.

3 Jul 2014 - 8:50am 1 comment

‘I was framed’: Court outburst by mining tycoon Liu Han as he is sentenced to death

A Sichuan mining tycoon with links to former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang erupted in anger when he was sentenced to death yesterday for leading a mafia-style gang.

24 May 2014 - 2:35am 10 comments

‘Stairway to Heaven’ official faces corruption charges

A former government official in Sichuan province has become the latest politician to face prosecution after he was investigated by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog.

5 May 2014 - 5:27pm

Legal fate of Zhou Yongkang vexes leadership

Intense speculation has been building since late last year mainland authorities would soon make public the results of the official investigation into Zhou Yongkang, one of China's most powerful officials of the past decade, and turn him over to criminal prosecution.

5 May 2014 - 3:56am 3 comments

Silence surrounding ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang speaks louder than words

The saying "No news is good news" may not apply on the mainland, where no news may portend the fall of a once high and mighty official. Take the case of former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who has been implicated in a sweeping corruption investigation that led to the arrest of some of his family members and close associates.

27 Apr 2014 - 5:19am

China anti-graft agency denies going on political witch-hunt

The mainland's anti-graft watchdog has hit back at suggestions that its corruption crackdown is in fact a political witch-hunt in disguise.

18 Apr 2014 - 3:16am

Firms profited in 'shady coal-rights deals'

Three privately owned companies in Shaanxi have been accused of using officials' influence to gain the rights to explore coal resources in the province.

15 Apr 2014 - 8:03am

Energy giant CNPC reviews internal anti-graft efforts

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is carrying out its annual review of internal anti-graft efforts, amid a wide-ranging corruption probe centred on Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security tsar and a previous head of the energy giant.

14 Apr 2014 - 1:00pm

Two more associates of ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang detained in graft probes

Zhao Miao, head of the Communist Party's organisation department in Chengdu, Sichuan, was suspected of "serious violations of discipline" - a phrase associated with corruption - the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced.

13 Apr 2014 - 5:17am 1 comment