China Removes Liu Zhijun as Railway Minister, Xinhua Says

China replaced Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun after the ruling Communist Party said he was under investigation for “severe” disciplinary violations, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The National People’s Congress replaced him with Sheng Guangzu, 62, the head of the customs administration, Xinhua said.

Liu, 58, became railway minister in 2003 and led China’s investment boom in the industry. The government plans to spend 800 billion yuan ($122 billion) on high-speed rail projects as it plans to build a faster and bigger network.

Liu is accused of abusing his position and receiving “a large amount of money” in bribes, Xinhua said Feb. 12, citing the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Ministry of Supervision.

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