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China investigates member of top legislature amid corruption crackdown

Published on Aug 29, 2014 8:26 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is investigating a member of its top legislature, the country's corruption watchdog said on Friday, the latest high-profile official to be targeted in a government campaign to stamp out graft.

Mr Bai Enpei, the ruling Communist Party's former top official in Yunnan province and the deputy head of an environmental protection committee in the National People's Congress, has been put under investigation, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said.

Mr Bai, 67, was "suspected of serious discipline and law violations", the watchdog said in a one-line statement on its website, using party language for corruption. It gave no more details.

Mr Bai had served as party secretary in the southern province of Yunnan for 10 years from 2001, according to his official resume. In 2011, he was appointed to China's largely rubber stamp parliament and became deputy head of the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee.

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