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China Tries Former State Oil Head for Corruption

Jiang Jiemin, president of PetroChina Ltd, speaks during an announcement of the company's results in Hong Kong, (File photo).

China has opened the corruption trial of a top official who headed the country's biggest petroleum company and later oversaw state-owned companies before being removed in September of 2013.

Jiang Jiemin appeared Monday in the Hanjiang Intermediate court in Hubei Province after being charged last month with accepting bribes, possessing a large number of assets from unidentified sources and abuse of power.

Jiang was chairman of state-run China National Petroleum Corporation, the parent company of PetroChina Limited, Asia's biggest oil producer, before being appointed in 2013 to the Cabinet body that oversees China's biggest state-run companies. He was fired from that position five months later, after he came under investigation.

A series of senior figures from China's oil industry have been detained in President Xi Jinping's two-year crackdown on corruption.

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