Date
26 May 2017
Lu Ziyue was deputy secretary of the Communist Party's Ningbo branch in addition to being mayor. Photo: AFP
Lu Ziyue was deputy secretary of the Communist Party's Ningbo branch in addition to being mayor. Photo: AFP

Ningbo mayor probed for corruption

Chinese authorities have opened a graft probe into the mayor of the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo, the latest senior official caught up in a sweeping corruption crackdown.

Lu Ziyue was being investigated for “suspected serious disciplinary violations”, a euphemism for corruption, Reuters reported, citing a statement the Communist Party’s Central Commision for Discipline Inspection.

Lu, who spent his career in Zhejiang province south of Shanghai, was deputy secretary of the party’s Ningbo branch in addition to being mayor. He turns 54 this month.

The anti-graft watchdog gave no further details about Lu’s suspected violations.

Ningbo and neighboring Zhoushan are home to the world’s sixth biggest container port, according to 2013 data on the website of the World Shipping Council.

President Xi Jinping has warned that rampant corruption threatens the survival of the Communist Party and his anti-corruption campaign has brought down scores of top officials in the party, the government, the military and state-owned companies.

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