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No questions and no answers on Zhou Yongkang's fate

Published on Mar 6, 2014 11:34 PM
In this March 12, 2011 file photo, Chinese former Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang (C) shakes hands with delegates as he attends a group discussion of Shaanxi Province during the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Talk that he is set to face disciplinary action soon after this year's ongoing NPC session has led many reporters to pepper delegates with questions of whether they have any insider information.-- PHOTO: REUTERS 

The media's question-and-answer segment of the meeting had ended, said the moderator, but the journalists weren't quite done yet.

Raising their hands and trying to outyell one another, many tried to get southwestern Sichuan province's party boss Wang Dongming to comment on one burning topic: the fate of China's ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang, who is believed to be indirectly responsible for the spate of corruption probes in the province.

Over the past year, dozens of businessmen and government officials have lost their jobs - seemingly over corruption though more likely due to their connections to Mr Zhou as his former subordinates when he ruled the province in the late 1990s.

Their dismissals, along with reported probes into Mr Zhou's family members, are seen as part of a dragnet that Chinese President Xi Jinping has mounted against one of China's most powerful leaders until recently.

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