Date
22 September 2017
Guangzhou party chief Wan Qingliang is under investigation for "grave violations of discipline". Photo: Caijing.com
Guangzhou party chief Wan Qingliang is under investigation for "grave violations of discipline". Photo: Caijing.com

Guangzhou party boss faces graft probe

Guangzhou party boss Wan Qingliang is under investigation for corruption, Xinhua reported Friday, citing the party’s anti-graft watchdog.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a brief notice that Wan, 50, was suspected of “grave violations of discipline”, a term that usually refers to corruption.

Born in 1964, Wan is a native of Wuhua county, Guangdong province. He built a career as a propaganda official in Meizhou, Guangdong, between 1991 and 1997.

Wan then served as party chief of Jiaoling county and Jieyang and as vice governor of Guangdong Province before being elevated to Guangzhou’s party chief in December 2011, according to his official biography.

He was also elected as the alternate member of the party’s Central Committee in November 2012. Wan was widely considered a rising political star because in most cases appointment as the party chief of a major city or municipality paves the way to senior political positions in China.

Wan made his last public appearance Thursday afternoon, making a visit to a district in the city, accompanied by local officials, media reports said.

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