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Top Guangdong Official Being Investigated for 'Serious Discipline Violations'

FILE - The sun sets behind buildings under construction in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.
A top official in China's prosperous Guangdong province is being investigated for “serious discipline violations,” which is often a euphemism for corruption, state media reported on Friday.

The official, Cao Jianliao, is vice mayor of Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong, and Communist Party chief of Zengcheng, a built-up district on the southern fringes of Guangzhou, according to the Xinhua news agency.

If the investigation is over suspected corruption, as seems likely, Cao would be one of the most senior officials in Guangdong to be caught up in a campaign against graft since Hu Chunhua, a high-flying official tipped as a future national leader, became the province's party chief in December 2012.

Xinhua gave no other details about the investigation.

Guangdong is one of China's most affluent regions, encompassing the industrial and export powerhouse of the Pearl River Delta, which borders Hong Kong. In recent years, it has been hit by a string of high-profile corruption cases.

President Xi Jinping has pursued an aggressive anti-corruption drive since coming to power, establishing an anti-graft watchdog and vowing to pursue both high-ranking “tigers” and lowly “flies”.

In a separate report, Xinhua said Zhu Fulin, former deputy mayor of Jinhua, in the prosperous eastern province of Zhejiang, had been jailed for life on Thursday for taking bribes, including a car and three bars of gold.

It said Zhu Fulin received the bribes in exchange for influencing decisions about land and real estate development, personnel changes and environmental assessment reports.