People’s Daily Details Extent of Ex-Security Chief’s Graft Probe

The Communist Party’s main newspaper posted a list online of people caught up in the graft investigation of Zhou Yongkang, highlighting the extent of the alleged corruption surrounding China’s ex-security chief.

People targeted in five “peripheral wars” linked to Zhou’s case include his eldest son, colleagues from Zhou’s days in the oil business, and provincial officials, the People’s Daily said on its official WeChat social media account. The investigation of Zhou was announced in July.

While some people on the list were already known to be under investigation, Chinese state media had never revealed how wide-ranging the probe into him really was. Zhou, once a member of the elite Politburo Standing Committee, is the highest-level party official to be snared in an anti-graft campaign begun after President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.

The Zhou campaign has focused on five groups of people, according to the People’s Daily post. They are his relatives; former secretaries; public security officials; colleagues from his time at China National Petroleum Corp.; and officials from the province of Sichuan where Zhou was party secretary.

Among those targeted are the former vice chairman of the public security ministry and the former head of the Beijing State Security Bureau, People’s Daily said. At least six relatives are also under scrutiny, including his eldest son, Zhou Bin, his daughter-in-law, a brother and a nephew.

Zhou Bin, was arrested Dec. 1 last year, and was detained for reselling oilfields and oil well equipment as well as business ties to convicted gangsters, the report said.

Six people have been targeted from what the People’s Daily post called the “Petro Gang.” They include former CNPC Chairman Jiang Jiemin and Li Hualin, the chairman of Kunlun Energy Co. who resigned in 2013 as the graft probe widened.

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