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.

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

Zhou Yongkang's fall from grace shows the new leadership's determination to fight corruption at different government levels. Photo: Nora Tam

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.

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 5:50pm 5 comments

Xi Jinping has much to learn from Deng's example of winning over allies

President Xi Jinping needs to to rally the public behind his vision for China's future. Photo: Reuters

In the boldest move yet since President Xi Jinping launched his anti-corruption campaign, China has announced the start of a formal investigation into "serious disciplinary violations" by Zhou Yongkang.

5 Aug 2014 - 3:34am 1 comment

Fall of Zhou Yongkang no cause for hope of change

Building a system to 'maintain stability' is in line with the policy of creating a harmonious society, and Zhou was an executor of this policy.

In some media reports, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection investigation of Zhou Yongkang has been described as signifying the most serious power struggle in the Communist Party since the Cultural Revolution.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:05pm 9 comments

PLA restates allegiance to Xi Jinping after Zhou corruption probe announced

Xi Jinping visits troops in Fujian on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

The army has restated its allegiance to President Xi Jinping following the announcement of a corruption probe against former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:11pm 6 comments

‘President Xi Jinping seeks his place in history – among the party greats’

‘President Xi Jinping seeks his place in history – among the party greats’

Xi, who greatly admires Deng, wanted to become a leader in a similar vein, who could lead China into a new era of reform and growth, said sources including senior officials and "princelings".

17 Sep 2014 - 7:02pm 24 comments

Graft case against Zhou Yongkang sends message to those still in power, say analysts

Graft case against Zhou Yongkang sends message to those still in power, say analysts

By going after retired senior officials, President Xi Jinping has broken the Communist Party's unwritten tradition of not prosecuting a top leader once he has stepped down from power.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:02pm 2 comments

Graft probe of Zhou Yongkang clears Xi Jinping's path to wider reform

Zhou Yongkang's downfall marks a further consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping (left). Photos: Reuters

Beijing has finally confirmed that former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang is to be officially investigated for corruption.

17 Sep 2014 - 6:52pm 2 comments

Zhou Yongkang must not be given a show trial, for the sake of China's rule of law

The investigation into alleged corruption by former security chief Zhou Yongkang is a potential landmark in the mainland's development of the rule of law. Photo: Reuters

The investigation into alleged corruption by former security chief Zhou Yongkang is being seen as a potential landmark in the mainland's development of the rule of law.

31 Jul 2014 - 6:51pm

INFOGRAPHIC: Zhou Yongkang's web of power, money, connections

INFOGRAPHIC: Zhou Yongkang's web of power, money, connections Click to view the full-size infographic in high resolution.  17 Sep 2014 - 6:47pm

TIMELINE: Zhou Yongkang's fall from grace

Zhou Yongkang (left, in black) sings on stage with Bo Xilai (right)

A timeline of recent corruption probes shows the extent of an corruption investigation into the entourage of China's former security tsar Zhou Yongkang. 

3 Apr 2015 - 10:43am

Zhou Yongkang's son made fortune through father's connections, not business acumen

One of Zhou Bin's main businesses is Zhongxu Sunshine Energy Technology, which sells oil equipment to firms connected to the China National Petroleum Corporation. Photo: Reuters

The photo in the corporate records of a Beijing energy investment firm shows Zhou Bin looking solemn and not unlike his father, former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

30 Jul 2014 - 3:59pm 2 comments

The rise and fall of Zhou Yongkang: From rural Jiangsu to the corridors of power

Former security chief Zhou Yongkang escaped the poverty of farm life to become one of the country's most powerful men.

For nearly a decade, the burly son of a poor family in rural Jiangsu was one of the most powerful men in China, but now he is just a detainee at the mercy of the party’s anti-graft agency.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:17pm

Xi Jinping strengthens his grip with Zhou Yongkang takedown ... but what next?

Zhou Yongkang (left) sits with Xi Jinping at the National People's Congress in 2012. Photo: CNS

With the launch of the formal investigation into former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, President Xi Jinping has consolidated power in a way that eluded his predecessors.

30 Jul 2014 - 8:47pm 13 comments

China announces corruption probe into former security chief Zhou Yongkang

China announces corruption probe into former security chief Zhou Yongkang

Beijing yesterday announced an official investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang, shattering the decades-old political taboo of not prosecuting the highest ranking Communist Party officials for corruption.

17 Sep 2014 - 5:54pm 21 comments

Three officials, thought to be tied to Zhou Yongkang case, facing prosecution

The officials are thought to have ties with former security tsar Zhou Yongkang. Photo: Reuters

The legal authorities have started formal procedures to prosecute for graft three senior officials who are thought to be involved in a wider investigation into the former national security chief, Zhou Yongkang.

17 Sep 2014 - 7:07pm