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China Dismisses Sichuan Official With Ties to Ex-Security Chief

Chinese authorities dismissed a top official from Sichuan province as part of a graft probe, making him at least the fourth person with ties to former security chief Zhou Yongkang to lose his job.

Li Chongxi’s dismissal, announced by the official Xinhua News Agency today, came less than a week after the Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said he was being investigated for “suspected serious violations of discipline and law.” Li was chairman of the Sichuan province Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

From 2000-2002, Li served as secretary of the Sichuan province Communist Party committee when Zhou was the committee’s head, according to their official biographies. Zhou, a former member of the elite Politburo Standing Committee who retired in November 2012, is under investigation for graft, the New York Times reported on Dec. 16, citing people with political connections to senior officials.

Other officials with links to Zhou to have lost their jobs include Li Dongsheng, former deputy public security minister, Li Chuncheng, a former Sichuan deputy party secretary, and Jiang Jiemin, the former head of China’s state-owned assets watchdog and the ex-chairman of PetroChina Co.

Probes of Li Dongsheng, Li Chuncheng and Li Chongxi were all announced in December. The three are not related.

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