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.
Li Chongxi, the chairman of the provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is the third senior Sichuan official to fall under suspicion this year in what analysts describe as a widening investigation into Zhou Yongkang (inset) and his supporters.Monday, 30 December, 2013, 9:37am 2 comments
A deputy national police chief with close ties to former security tsar Zhou Yongkang has become the latest target in a widening corruption probe that has shaken the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party.21 Dec 2013 - 3:26am 9 comments
President Xi Jinping has consulted with almost all retired Communist Party leaders on his current anti-graft campaign, state-media said, raising speculation on which ones he chose not to confer with.
There are at least 19 retired Politburo members still living, and Xi consulted 17 of them on how to pursue his campaign against graft, Xinhua news agency said.16 Dec 2013 - 5:27pm
China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.12 Dec 2013 - 12:57pm
China Central Television’s Twitter account caused a stir on Monday when it announced a graft investigation into Zhou Yongkang, a retired member of the Communist Party Standing Committee and its long-time security tsar. Within minutes, the momentous tweet was deleted.
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President Xi Jinping has set up a special unit headed by Fu Zhenghua, Beijing police chief and deputy minister of public security, to investigate the scandal surrounding retired leader Zhou Yongkang, bypassing the Communist Party's internal disciplinary apparatus, sources say.21 Oct 2013 - 2:25pm 9 comments
Wu Bing , a high-flying dealmaker implicated in the investigations of former security tsar Zhou Yongkang and his allies, has business ties to relatives of former vice-president Zeng Qinghong, according to corporate records and other public information.4 Oct 2013 - 8:34am
Former security tsar Zhou Yongkang voiced strong support for President Xi Jinping yesterday as he re-emerged on the public stage for the first time since being investigated for corruption in August.2 Oct 2013 - 9:45am 2 comments
Former Communist Party senior leader Zhou Yongkang made a rare public appearance on Tuesday when he paid a visit to the China University of Petroleum on the school’s 60th anniversary.3 Oct 2013 - 2:11pm
Some mainland media outlets appear to be drawing links between relatives of former public security tsar Zhou Yongkang and the subjects of corruption investigations involving his former powerbases in Sichuan and the state petroleum industry.21 Sep 2013 - 5:12am 5 comments
Two more senior executives of state-owned enterprises have been placed under Communist Party investigation as a major corruption probe widens.13 Sep 2013 - 10:04pm 1 comment
Sichuan Star Cable, a Leshan, Sichuan province-based supplier of the oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corporation, has said three of its executives have disappeared as party investigators are expanding their graft probes in the province.3 Sep 2013 - 4:24pm
The corruption investigation of Jiang Jiemin, a former chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), and several other senior officials at the state-owned energy firm has shed light on how powerful executives dubbed the "Shengli gang" carved out their network in Shandong early in their careers.3 Sep 2013 - 8:40am
The corruption probe into former public security tsar Zhou Yongkang will not lead to investigations of other top party leaders, even though it has broken a long-standing agreement protecting the most powerful officials from scrutiny, political analysts said.31 Aug 2013 - 8:01am 2 comments
For much of his career, Zhou Yongkang glided among the most influential sectors of modern China - oil, land and eventually the national police apparatus. Much of his success can be traced to his membership of the so-called petroleum gang - top officials who began their professional lives in the industry as the nation pivoted from oil exporter to importer in the 1990s.31 Aug 2013 - 4:04am