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Former Chinese Provincial Official Faces Graft Probe

China has begun an investigation into alleged corruption by a former top provincial official, the latest move in a highly publicized crackdown on graft in the country's Communist Party ranks.

State media Tuesday said Ni Fake , ex-vice governor of Anhui province, is being investigated for suspected "serious disciplinary violations," a phrase that usually refers to corruption. No other details were given.

Since taking the country's top leadership post last year, President Xi Jinping has publicly prioritized the battle against corruption, which he warns could lead to the downfall of the party and of the state.

Several high-level politicians have already been brought down by the anti-graft campaign. Last month, Beijing launched an investigation into Liu Tienan, a powerful economic planning official whose alleged corruption was exposed on the Internet.

But many question whether the anti-corruption campaign will be successful, because the Communist Party has shown little willingness to make significant reforms to improve transparency or limit its dominance of the country's legal and political system.

In recent months, the government has also gone after some of those who expose government corruption. Last month, it detained 10 activists who had pushed for officials to publicly disclose their assets.