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China investigates Yunnan vice governor

Published on Mar 9, 2014 12:08 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The vice governor of a Chinese province is being investigated, the ruling Communist Party's internal disciplinary body announced on Sunday, the latest high-ranking official to fall in a high-profile anti-graft campaign.

Mr Shen Peiping, vice governor of Yunnan in the southwest, was suspected of "serious disciplinary and legal violations", the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a one-sentence statement on its website.

The phrase is usually a euphemism for corruption, an issue which causes widespread public anger in China.

In the year since he took office, President Xi Jinping has pledged to root out corruption at both the highest and lowest levels of the party, and the drive has been heavily publicised in state-run media.

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