Date
22 July 2017
Wang Baoan is the latest senior official to fall into the net of China's crackdown on corruption. Photo: dfic.cn
Wang Baoan is the latest senior official to fall into the net of China's crackdown on corruption. Photo: dfic.cn

China statistics bureau chief under investigation

The head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics is being investigated for alleged discipline violations, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said. 

Wang Baoan (王保安) is the latest senior official to be implicated in a crackdown on corruption.

He is “suspected of serious violation of discipline”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a short statement on its website Tuesday. 

It did not provide details. In the past, use of such wording has generally referred to corruption.

The announcement came hours after Wang held a press briefing on the economy, Reuters reported.

The CCDI website said Wang was deputy finance minister from 2012 until April last year, when he took up the powerful post of statistics bureau chief.

President Xi Jinping has embarked on a sweeping campaign to root out deeply ingrained corruption since assuming office three years ago, warning, like others before, that the problem is so bad it could affect the party’s grip on power.

High-ranking officials, from members of the military to former judges and various ministry chiefs, as well as numerous bosses of state-owned companies, have been caught in the net of the crackdown.

This month, a former public security vice minister, Li Dongsheng, was jailed for 15 years for corruption.

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