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China puts retired head of state news agency under investigation for graft

Liu Beixian, who was editor-in-chief of China News Service until 2015, is suspected of ‘serious discipline breaches’

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 6:04pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 August, 2017, 6:04pm

The retired former head ofa state-run Chinese news agency has been put under investigation for suspected graft, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Wednesday.

Liu Beixian, editor-in-chief of China News Service until retiring in February 2015, was suspected of “serious discipline breaches”, a euphemism for graft, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement.

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It provided no other details and it was not possible to reach Liu or a legal or family representative for comment.

China News Service is run under the auspices of the mainland’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, and is designed to serve as a news source for Chinese communities in places like Hong Kong and self-ruled Taiwan.

It is separate from Xinhua, China’s national official news agency.

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Liu began working at the news service in 1983 and was its Hong Kong bureau chief from 1997 to 2000, according to his official résumé, a period that coincided with the handover of the former British territory back to Chinese rule.

President Xi Jinping has mounted a sweeping campaign against deep-rooted corruption since taking office almost five years ago, jailing or meting out lesser punishments to hundreds of thousands of officials.