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China sacks vice police chief with links to former security czar Zhou Yongkang

Published on Feb 24, 2014 4:59 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China formally sacked former vice minister of public security Li Dongsheng, state media announced on Monday, only a day after news that China's premier had unveiled more measures to tackle corruption.

Mr Li Dongsheng had been suspended for suspected serious discipline violations last December, a brief statement issued by Xinhua said, giving no further details.

The term "serious discipline violations" normally refers to corruption, and the news comes as speculation intensifies about the country's former domestic security czar Zhou Yongkang.

Mr Zhou, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, has been put under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him.

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