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Top Chinese former planning official Cao Changqing "under investigation"

Published on Aug 27, 2014 6:43 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A former director at China's powerful economic planning agency who oversaw pricing is being investigated, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday, the latest high-level official from the department to be probed.

Mr Cao Changqing, who recently retired as the head of the pricing division at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), had been "taken in for questioning" around Sunday, Caixin said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The NDRC did not reply to a request for comment.

The news of Mr Cao's investigation comes five days after China's top prosecutor said a former director at the NDRC was being investigated on suspicion of "taking bribes".

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