A former aide to China’s retired security chief Zhou Yongkang has been fired after authorities opened a corruption investigation, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing an announcement from the Communist Party anti-graft watchdog. Guo Yongxiang has been expelled from the party and stripped of his public office for “serious law and discipline violations”, the latest in a widening probe targeting associates of Zhou, who is also under investigation for graft. Guo worked with Zhou for at least 12 years, including in the southwestern province of Sichuan where Zhou was party boss. Guo rose to become a provincial vice governor, the report said. Investigators found Guo had used his power to exact profits for others and taken bribes and gifts himself or through his son, the graft watchdog was quoted as saying.
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