Hu Jintao

Rising Chinese politician under investigation for corruption

One-time rising Chinese political star Sun Zhengcai is being investigated for violations of party discipline, the ruling Communist Party announced Monday, making him the highest-ranking serving official to be ensnared by President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign, now in its fifth year.

The party's anti-corruption watchdog agency said Sun, the leader of the mega-city of Chongqing until last week, is suspected of "serious violation of discipline," its usual shorthand for corruption and abuse of power.

No details were given in Monday's one-sentence announcement, which comes ahead of a party congress at which Xi is expected to receive a second...

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