Jun 12, 2015

How the mighty are fallen: selfies and smiles in Zhou village

He wielded enormous power as China’s fearsome security chief, but at Zhou Yongkang’s ancestral village, his relatives’ tombs are now backdrops for selfies, and curious visitors crush the hedges around the family home. Zhou, who was jailed for life Thursday after a secret corruption ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ex-China security czar tells court he accepted bribes, abused power

The Communist Party official whose downfall ushered in China’s graft crackdown admitted to taking bribes and abusing power under the instructions of the country’s retired public security czar. Li Chuncheng, 59, a former deputy party chief in China’s Sichuan province, said Thursday that he ...

Apr 12, 2015

Behind Xi's corruption crackdown

While Chinese President Xi Jinging's crackdown on corruption is boosting his popularity, it remains to be seen if he will change the system that allowed corruption to flourish in the first place.

China charges former security chief with bribery, abuse of power

Apr 3, 2015

China charges former security chief with bribery, abuse of power

China’s once-feared former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial. Zhou is the most prominent victim ...

China puts former security chief under investigation

Jul 30, 2014

China puts former security chief under investigation

China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a long-standing taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the ...

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Apr 13, 2014

China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Two officials with ties to China’s powerful former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, have been placed under investigation, Chinese media and officials said, amid ramped-up speculation that Zhou himself is being targeted. Zhao Miao, a standing committee member of the Communist Party committee in ...

Mar 18, 2014

China rocked by fallen tiger, shaken dragon

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It wasn't clear whether Chinese President Xi Jingping would actually prosecute Zhou Yongkang — thus breaking the Communist Party's unwritten rule of immunity for retired members of the Politburo Standing Committee — until the Chinese media revealed shocking details of corruption involving Zhou's family ...