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The Vladimir Putin of China?

Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign may not be all it's cracked up to be. 
Zhou Yongkang: just one tiger.
Zhou Yongkang: just one tiger.

In his takedown of former security chief Zhou Yongkang, Chinese President Xi Jinping has bagged the most fearsome beast in his campaign against corrupt officials, both "tigers" and petty "flies." Unless Xi rethinks the way he hunts, though, even Zhou will end up little more than a trophy kill.

Supporters of this week's decision to open a formal corruption investigation against Zhou -- a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest-ranking body -- say it achieves several goals: It reinforces the message that no officials are above the law, bolsters Xi's efforts to repair the image of the Communist Party, and adds to Xi's personal authority, which already exceeds that of any Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping. Xi reportedly intends to replace hundreds of disgraced officials with supporters more willing to carry out the structural changes needed to rebalance China's economy.