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China security chief's fall cements President Xi's grip on power: Analysts

Published on Jul 30, 2014 5:46 PM
 
China's President Xi Jinping stands next to a Chinese national flag during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on Nov 13, 2013. Mr Xi is emerging as the country's most powerful leader in decades, analysts said, after the declaration of a probe into the country's former security chief, as state media on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, hailed the ground-breaking move. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's President Xi Jinping is emerging as the country's most powerful leader in decades, analysts said, after the declaration of a probe into the country's former security chief, as state media on Wednesday hailed the ground-breaking move.

Mr Zhou Yongkang wielded control of China's police, courts, jails and domestic surveillance until his retirement from the elite Politburo Standing Committee in 2012.

But the ruling Communist Party's internal watchdog finally made public its long-rumoured investigation into him on Tuesday.

By taking down Mr Zhou, Mr Xi breaks a decades-old unwritten taboo against punishing current and former members of the party's innermost circle - a move experts say suggests a leader on track to amass more power than those of recent decades.

 
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