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.
A trader of a poor area in Sichuan province suspected of stealing money blew up the county government building, killing seven of its leaders and setting off alarm in the corridors of power in Beijing.Wednesday, 5 July, 2000, 12:00am
Beijing moved to centralise control of natural resources yesterday with the formal establishment of the Ministry of State Land Resources.
At the opening ceremony, its minister, Zhou Yongkang, said the move represented an important change in resource management.
He said the administration of natural resources would now be concentrated in fewer hands.9 Apr 1998 - 12:00am