Zhao Miao, the organization chief of the Communist Party’s Chengdu municipal committee, is under probe for “severe disciplinary violations”, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday, citing the Sichuan provincial commission for discipline inspection.
The local disciplinary body did not give further details on the case, but a 21st Century Business Herald report suggested that the Zhao probe is related to a sweeping anti-corruption investigation into the oil sector.
Several oil industry executives that have been detained, including Jiang Jiemin, former president of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), are said to have ties to Zhou Yongkang, China’s former internal security czar who is now said to be the subject of an anti-graft investigation.
Zhou, an oil industry veteran whom once headed CNPC, retired as a Politburo Standing Committee member in November 2012.
Zhao, 54, served as party secretary of CNPC’s Sichuan subsidiary from 1987 and 2005, and then worked as vice governor of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province until 2008. He was appointed Chengdu party committee organization chief at the begging of last year.
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