Date
20 August 2017
Zeng Qinghong (L) and Jia Qinglin (R) were known to be close confidants of China's former leader Jiang Zemin. Photo: HKEJ
Zeng Qinghong (L) and Jia Qinglin (R) were known to be close confidants of China's former leader Jiang Zemin. Photo: HKEJ

Zeng Qinghong, Jia Qingling detained amid probe: reports

Zeng Qinghong, a former vice-president of China, and Jia Qingling, former chairman of a top Chinese political advisory body, have been put under detention amid an investigation, according to media reports.

Zeng is under detention in Tianjin while Jia has been taken into custody in Inner Mongolia, reports said. Both were known to be retired Chinese president Jiang Zemin’s close confidants.

Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, Ming Pao Daily reported over the weekend that the central government assigned the PLA’s 38th Army unit to take away Jia.

The Hebei native spent 11 years in Fujian province between 1985 and 1996 where he was the province’s deputy party chief, governor and then party boss. He became the mayor of Beijing in 1996 before being appointed Beijing party chief the following year. He was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee between 2002 and 2012.

Meanwhile, Metro Daily said in a separate report that former fourth-ranked party leader Zeng is now under investigation in Tianjin city. Observers were quoted as saying that Zeng may hold a lot of criminal evidence regarding Jiang and his group, including Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai.

Jiang is reported to have been seeking help from senior government and military cadres to put pressure on President Xi Jinping to protect Zeng and Jia.

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