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China investigates top planning official for graft

May 12. 2013 10:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) China's top anti-graft committee is investigating the deputy chairman of the country's economic planning agency, the latest high-level official to be ensnared by the new leadership's anti-corruption drive.

The ruling Communist Party's disciplinary agency said in one-sentence statement on its website Sunday that Liu Tienan, deputy head of the Cabinet's National Development and Reform Commission, is being investigated for "suspected serious disciplinary violations." The statement by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection did not provide further details.

Liu, 58, wields significant power in his position as deputy chief of the planning agency in charge of steering the world's second largest economy. Such a post in China's heavily regulated economy would make him one of the most influential officials.

Liu had also been director of the National Energy Administration, which carried out the country's energy policy, until he was replaced in March.

The investigation into Liu comes as China's new leadership under Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has vowed to root out the widespread graft that has disgusted the public and undermined the party's legitimacy.

Liu is the latest high-level official to be investigated for corruption since Xi took power. In December, a deputy party secretary of Sichuan province was removed from his post following state media reports that he was suspected in influence-peddling and questionable real estate deals.

Associated Press

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