China former security chief's public appearance throws doubt on graft reports
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's former domestic security chief was all smiles as he attended an alumni celebration at his former university on Tuesday, his first public appearance since overseas media reported that he was being investigated for corruption.
Mr Zhou Yongkang, 70, one of the most powerful Chinese politicians of the last decade, attended an alumni celebration at the China University of Petroleum, according to photographs posted by the university on its website.
He was seen beaming and shaking hands with people who appeared to be his fellow classmates, throwing doubt on the media reports. Officials suspected of wrongdoing usually disappear from public view in China until they are convicted.
Mr Zhou retired as security tsar and from the Communist Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee during a sweeping leadership reshuffle last November.