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China investigates two more allies of former security chief

Published on Apr 13, 2014 12:57 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Two officials with ties to China's powerful former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang have been placed under investigation, Chinese media and officials said, amid ramped-up speculation that Zhou himself is being targeted.

Zhao Miao, a standing committee member of the Communist Party committee in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan province, is being investigated for alleged "serious violations" of discipline, according to the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

No further details were given by CCDI in its one-sentence statement, posted Saturday on the anti-graft body's website.

Authorities are also investigating Yan Cunzhang, head of the foreign cooperation department at China's largest oil company, China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), according to a report Saturday by the respected news magazine Caixin.

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