Ling Jihuai

The Communist Party's top anti-graft body announced an investigation into Ling Jihua, head of the party's United Front Work Department and a deputy chairman of the CPPCC, on December 22, 2014. Ling had worked for years as the personal secretary of former President Hu Jintao and chief of the Party's General Office. Ling's expected rise to the Polituro was thwarted in 2012 after his son Ling Gu died in a scandalous car crash in Beijing. He became one of the highest-ranking party officials to fall in president Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign since latest 2012. 


Another former associate of China's ex-presidential aide Ling Jihua who once worked in the heart of the Communist Party's machine will face prosecution for corruption and leaking party and state secrets, the top anti-graft agency said on Wednesday.

The youngest brother of disgraced Chinese presidential aide Ling Jihua is hiding out in the United States with Beijing demanding his repatriation, US and mainland media report.

The wife of fallen political star Ling Jihua's brother-in-law has been taken away for questioning, amid a widening corruption probe centred on the ex-aide to former president Hu Jintao.

Xinhua has made a rare acknowledgment of factions within the Communist Party, and named key members who are tied to disgraced top cadres Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua.

China’s Communist Party has officially removed Ling Jihua from his job as head of the party’s United Front Work Department and replaced him with Sun Chunlan, current party chief of Tianjin.

Mainland media unleashed an exposé on the business dealings of Ling Jihua's nephew and his mother, focusing on a public relations and advertising business.

Shares of the seven listed firms linked to the family of Ling Jihua fell as probes into the top aide to former president Hu Jintao prompted investors to cash out amid fears of a further slide.

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is likely to face the same fate as disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, mainland analysts say.

With his rimless glasses, dapper shirts and neat, close-cropped hair, Wang Cheng cut an athletic figure on Beijing's top golf courses.

State-run media on the mainland have given prominent coverage to a short report about the corruption investigation into former presidential aide Ling Jihua, but have largely run only the brief statement from Xinhua.

His name means "planning", but being investigated for alleged corruption was likely the last thing one-time Communist Party stalwart administrator Ling Jihua had on his to-do list.