Chinese Corruption Inquiry Expands to Beijing Party Leaders – Joseph Kahn
From the International Herald Tribune:
A widening Chinese anti-corruption inquiry has targeted Beijing’s party leaders, in a sign that President Hu Jintao intends to continue removing officials he considers insufficiently loyal, people told about the leadership’s planning said.
Some 300 Communist Party investigators have been examining property deals and procurement practices in the capital since at least late September and have uncovered suspicious dealings that implicate top Chinese leaders, the people said.
Among those seen as likely targets of the inquiry are Jia Qinglin, a member of the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee and a former party secretary in Beijing, as well as the current Beijing party secretary, Liu Qi, who is a regular member of the Politburo. [Full text]