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Chinese State Media Praise Zhou Corruption Probe

FILE - Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
FILE - Zhou Yongkang, then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
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Chinese state media praised the Communist Party's decision to open a corruption probe into retired senior politician Zhou Yongkang.

The party announced late Tuesday it is investigating Zhou, China's former security czar, for unspecified "serious disciplinary violation."

The 71-year-old Zhou, who retired in 2012, was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest governing body.

The investigation breaks a longstanding, unwritten rule that China's top leaders would be immune from such discipline.

In an editorial, the party-controlled Global Times said the move "reveals the zero-tolerance stance of the Chinese leadership toward corruption."

It said the Chinese public embraced the probe, saying it is now "more convincing" to believe all officials will be subject to the rule of law.

'Strict discipline'

The official Xinhua news agency said the announcement shows the party's determination to "purify itself and run itself with strict discipline."

Since taking power in 2012, President Xi Jinping has carried out a highly publicized graft crackdown, vowing to go after both high-ranking "tigers" and low-ranking "flies."

Zhou is the highest-ranking official yet to be brought down. His downfall was expected, since many of his associates and family members have been targeted in recent months.

He is a close ally of disgraced former Politburo member Bo Xilai, who was sentenced to life in jail last year for taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power.

For now, the investigation into Zhou is being handled by the party's internal disciplinary committee.

State media reported Wednesday that it is very likely the committee will expel Zhou from the party and transfer his case to the courts, where defendants have little chance of escaping conviction.

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by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
July 31, 2014 12:15 AM
According to one school of thought in Mainland, the prosecution of Zhou will make corruption even more widespread. The down fall of Zhou signals the consolidation of the group behind Xi's power. Their cronies can even be more corrupt than the Zhou group. Then who are going to disclose their corrupt deeds?

by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
July 30, 2014 5:12 PM
Corruption of the scale reported at the top is a syndicate with layers and network of indiviudals. It is not an individual effort. To disintegrate such a syndicate, you need an equally powerful gang to do the job. In the regard, the government media is part of the team in a power strugg.e

by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
July 30, 2014 1:28 PM
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts with Chinese characteristics. The court, the prosecutor, the government-controlled media, the police and every one eats from the same rice bowl: the Chinese Communist Party.

by: Sun from: Taipei
July 30, 2014 3:27 AM
Top leaders of PRC are now mutually revealing their corruption and accumulation of wealth (in foreign countries like USA). Communism is to exploit all wealth and human rights from the laboring classes. Poor Chinese people!

by: skeptical from: USA
July 30, 2014 12:19 AM

IN CANADA THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WAS FORCED TO SHUT DOWN ITS COMPUTER SYSTEMS TO STOP CHINESE GOVERNMENT FUNDED HAKERS FROM MINING DATA.

YOU THROW SOME LOSER UNDER THE BUS IN ORDER TO SANCTIMONIOUSLY ADVERTISE YOUR BEST INTENTIONS - BUT YOU FOOL NO ONE

CHINA IS CORRUPT - NO ONE SHOULD TRUST YOU - NO ONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD TRUST CHINA.... YOU HAVE NO HONOUR OR INTEGRITY - WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE KIDDING
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by: Anonymous
July 30, 2014 2:30 AM
What a loser...
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by: Totop1109
July 30, 2014 1:06 AM
Are your kidding me? We did this only for ourselves, not to show any one else. you are so mawkish!

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