Date
24 November 2017
Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, has been expelled from the Communist Party on suspected bribery. Photo: HKEJ
Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, has been expelled from the Communist Party on suspected bribery. Photo: HKEJ

No exception in fight against corruption, People’s Daily says

There will be no exceptions in the fight against corruption, and anyone, no matter how high their rank is, will be seriously punished if they violate the Communist Party’s discipline or the law, the People’s Daily said in an editorial on Tuesday.

The Communist Party of China on Monday expelled four senior officials, including Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission, on suspected bribery.

An investigation has found that Xu, 71, accepted bribes, personally and through family members, from those who wanted to get promoted. He is also accused of using his position to seek profit for others in exchange for money and gifts.

The move showed the Party’s resolve to fight corruption, the editorial said. “When the Party says it, it means it,”  the editorial said.

Rumors about Xu’s case have been circulating for months. Many believe poor health – he is reported to be undergoing treatment for cancer – would save him from prosecution, BBC reported on Tuesday.

The spate of expulsions comes at a time when speculation is rife about the fate of one of China’s most powerful politicians, former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, who is allegedly being investigated over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

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