China Communist Party Expels Official on Allegations of Bribery

China’s Communist Party expelled a former vice chairman of the country’s top economic planning agency, continuing a probe that began after a journalist posted corruption allegations against him online.

An investigation by the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection found that Liu Tienan and his relatives took “huge” amounts of bribes and also sought benefits for their businesses, according to a statement posted to the Ministry of Supervision’s website yesterday. Liu’s illegal gains will be confiscated and his case transferred to judicial organs, it said.

The prosecution comes as President Xi Jinping has vowed to crack down on official corruption. Liu was stripped in May of his position at the National Development and Reform Commission, which approves infrastructure projects and controls energy prices, after Luo Changping, deputy managing editor of Caijing Magazine, posted allegations against Liu on his microblog in December.

Last month, a court gave former Railway Minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence for abuse of power and taking bribes. Authorities also officially charged ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai on July 25 with corruption and abuse of power, as the Communist Party moved to resolve the biggest political crisis it’s faced since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

— With assistance by Henry Sanderson

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