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What’s behind Chinese President Xi Jinping’s corruption crackdown?

The premiere's operation is dominating local and international gossip

Zhao Yongkang, former Chinese head of state security, has been placed under investigation for corruption. © Thierry Ehrmann

On 29th July, after a year of whispered gossip and internet speculation, China’s Communist Party announced that Zhou Yongkang, the former head of state security, had been placed under official investigation for corruption. The downfall of one of the party’s most powerful figures marked a new stage in President Xi Jinping’s ambitious anti-corruption campaign.…

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