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Chinese Communist Party Removes Ex-Official Tied to Zhou

China’s Communist Party expelled a former deputy party secretary of Sichuan province for taking bribes, pressing ahead with an anti-corruption campaign that’s targeted officials linked to ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang.

Li Chuncheng “used his position to seek gains for other people” and his wrongdoing “caused huge financial losses for the country,” according to a statement posted yesterday on the website of the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Li’s case will be transferred to the judicial system and the party has confiscated his illegal gains, according to the statement.

The expulsion was expected after China’s anti-corruption watchdog said in December that it was probing Li, who served as deputy party secretary for Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, when Zhou held the province’s top party position.

At least five people with ties to Zhou have been put under party investigation over graft allegations. The probe against Zhou is in its “final stage,” the South China Morning Post reported on Jan. 29, citing two unidentified people who received the information.

Li’s wife and daughter took cash and property bribes, and Li took advantage of his post to seek profits for his brother’s business, the official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. The discipline commission called him “corrupt and degenerate,” according to Xinhua.

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

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