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China Charges Ex-Military Official with Corruption

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China has charged a former senior army officer with corruption in a renewed campaign against graft.

The state news agency Xinhua reported Monday that Lieutenant General Gu Junshan has been charged with embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds and abuse of power. Gu had been deputy head of the People's Liberation Army's general logistics agency, which gave him authority over procurement and contracts for the 2.3 million-member Chinese military.

Gu has been under investigation for months after authorities hauled away four truckloads of items from one of his mansions, including a gold statue of one-time Chinese ruler Mao Zedong and cases of high-end liquor.

In a campaign against corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after powerful "tigers," and lowly "flies." He said severe graft threatens the Communist Party's survival.