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Two Chinese communist county officials in Jiangsu probed for graft

Published on May 5, 2014 6:43 PM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - Two Chinese Communist Party officials from a county where a bank run occurred in March are under investigation for corruption, the party's anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

Mr Tian Weiyou, governor of Sheyang county in east China's Jiangsu province, was being investigated for "serious law and discipline violations," a euphemism for corruption, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website (

Mr Xu Chao, the former top Communist Party official in Sheyang county, is also under investigation, the commission said in a separate statement. It did not elaborate.

Hundreds of depositors thronged a branch of Jiangsu Sheyang Rural Commercial Bank in late March after rumours spread that banks were running out of cash. The rumours were apparently unfounded and depositors were able to withdraw cash, but the news caught nationwide attention, reflecting growing public anxiety as regulators signal greater tolerance for default.

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