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China’s Real ‘House of Cards’: TV Series Unveils Graft Excess

  • Program features confessions of officials brought down by Xi
  • Helps lay ground for key party meeting in Beijing next week
Zhou Yongkang in 2012,.

Zhou Yongkang in 2012,.

Photographer: AFP via Getty Images

Chinese state television is airing a documentary series on President Xi Jinping’s signature anti-corruption campaign in prime time this week, unveiling new footage and salacious details of high-profile corruption cases ahead of a key Communist Party meeting.

The eight-episode series, called “Always On the Road,” is being beamed daily to hundreds of millions of Chinese homes through Oct. 25 on CCTV’s Channel 1. Xi, who has pledged that his battle against official graft -- now into its fourth year -- will never be eased, is preparing to chair the ruling party’s sixth plenum next week. Two documents on strengthening party discipline will be discussed and approved at the meeting, which is slated to start Monday in Beijing.