Minitrue: Delete Jia Qinglin and Guo Boxiong Rumors
The following censorship instruction, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
Amid Xi Jinping’s ongoing crackdown on corruption, which continues to net high-ranking Party officials, rumors are circulating online [Chinese] that two more “tigers” have been implicated for corruption: Central Military Commission vice-chairman Guo Boxiong, and former senior Party leader Jia Qinglin. Xu Caihou, another former CMC vice-chairman, was recently expelled from the Party and is undergoing graft investigation. Want China Times reports that while Guo Boxiong’s son is the subject of a corruption probe, rumors as to his father’s investigation and/or apprehension have not yet been verified. The New York Times reported last month that Jia Qinglin is one of at least four former Politburo Standing Committee members (including Xi Jinping and Wen Jiabao) whose families control assets of $150 million or more.
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