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China dismisses top provincial official after corruption probe

Published on Dec 13, 2012 3:51 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has dismissed a top official in the south-western province of Sichuan after putting him under investigation for "serious disciplinary violations", the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

Sichuan's deputy party boss, Li Chuncheng, is the most senior person to be investigated since Mr Xi Jinping became leader of the Chinese Communist Party.

Mr Xi has vowed to crackdown on corruption, warning last month that if corruption was allowed to run wild, the party risked major unrest and the collapse of its rule.

"The central government has decided to remove all leadership positions of (Li)" due to suspicion of "serious disciplinary violations", Xinhua said in a brief report on its website, without elaborating.

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