Xinhua (briefly) reported on Friday that Li Dongsheng, China’s Vice Minister of Public Security, is being investigated for ‘suspected serious law and discipline violations”, and according to the New York Times, the security official has connections to Zhou Yongkang.
Zhou Yongkang, formerly a member of the party’s Politiburo Standing Committee and an ally to Bo Xilai, was placed under house arrest earlier this month and is being investigated by Communist Party officials for accusations of corruption against him.
The New York Times reports that several people with knowledge of party politics have said that Zhou has ties with Li, the latest official under inquiry.
For many months, investigators had been looking into the activities of officials linked to Mr. Zhou. Those officials include people in the security apparatus, at a state-owned oil company and in senior party and government posts in Sichuan Province. All are domains in which Mr. Zhou has worked and held sway.
Mr. Li, the subject of the latest investigation, has held his vice minister post since 2009, according to an official biographical outline. It was his first job in the security apparatus. Before that, he served in various party propaganda posts and worked at China Central Television, the state network.
A person close to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in an SCMP report that Li had introduced Zhou to his current wife.
The recent investigations are the target of Xi Jinping’s widening war on corruption, in which he has pledged to take down powerful “tigers” like Zhou as well as lowly “flies”, although it’s been criticized that some prominent political leaders under scrutiny have conveniently flown under the radar.
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