Date
26 May 2017
Alimjan Maimaitiming, a 55-year-old ethnic Uyghur, is secretary general of the Xinjiang regional government. johnib.wordpress.com
Alimjan Maimaitiming, a 55-year-old ethnic Uyghur, is secretary general of the Xinjiang regional government. johnib.wordpress.com

Senior Xinjiang Uyghur official in antigraft probe

A senior official in northwest China’s restive Uyghur Autonomous Region is being probed for suspected serious “discipline violations”, the Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said, using a euphemism for corruption.

Alimjan Maimaitiming, a 55-year-old ethnic Uyghur,  is secretary general of the regional government, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Maimaitiming is from Cherchen, also known by its Chinese name of Qiemo, an Uyghur town south of Xinjiang. He had previously been editor-in-chief of the official Xinjiang Daily.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the region in the past few years, most in violence between the Muslim Uyghur people and ethnic majority Han Chinese, the news agency said.

President Xi Jinping has been waging a campaign against corruption since assuming power in late 2012, although parts of China with big minority populations like Xinjiang and Tibet have largely escaped the campaign so far.

The ethnic Uyghur mayor of Hotan, also in Xinjiang’s deep south, was also placed under investigation for graft last year.

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