Date
20 August 2017
China's top graft buster Wang Qishan visited Inner Mongolia last week, fueling speculation that the case is being finalized against former security chief Zhou Yongkang (inset). Photo: CCTV
China's top graft buster Wang Qishan visited Inner Mongolia last week, fueling speculation that the case is being finalized against former security chief Zhou Yongkang (inset). Photo: CCTV

China may be close to finalizing case on ex-security czar

Frequent visits by senior Chinese officials to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in recent weeks suggest that authorities are putting the finishing touches on a corruption case against former security czar Zhou Yongkang, according to observers.

China’s top graft buster Wang Qishan visited Inner Mongolia last week. Footage aired Sunday by China Central Television showed Wang in a meeting with graft inspection teams that the central government had sent to the region, and stressing that no one in the Communist Party is off limits in the crackdown on corruption.

Wang’s trip follows the visits of Xi Jinping, China’s president and Communist Party chief; and Xu Qiliang, the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, to the region in January. Observers believe Wang may have gone there to interrogate Zhou in person. Zhou is said to be held in a military camp in Baotou city in Inner Mongolia.

Boxun.com had reported previously that Zhou refused to plead guilty. The former security chief is said to have sought direct talks with former president Jiang Zemin and current leader Xi Jinping. If his demand is not met, Zhou threatened to unveil the inside stories on some top cadres in the court, the report said.

Last week, six people considered to have had close links with Zhou were expelled from the Communist Party for serious violations of discipline and law. The list included Xu Caihou, the former deputy chairman of China’s Central Military Commission; Ji Wenlin, former vice governor of southern China’s Hainan province and former secretary of Zhou; and Yu Gang, also a former secretary of Zhou.

Meanwhile, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday that at least eight major-generals, including Yu Daqing, the deputy political commissar of the Second Artillery Force of the PLA, are assisting or are under investigation over their links with Xu Caihou.

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