China’s former public security chief has been placed under virtual arrest while being investigated for alleged corruption, Reuters reported Wednesday. Zhou Yongkang, who was a member of the Communist Party politburo standing committee before he retired last year, has had his freedom restricted and his movements monitored while the party undertakes an investigation into several accusations brought against him by political rivals, the report said. President Xi Jinping formed a special task force in late November or early December to look into the allegations. The Chinese government has neither confirmed nor denied Chinese-language media reports in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States that Zhou has been arrested on charges of corruption and other crimes, the report said.
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