Asia Briefs: Brother of Hu Jintao's ex-aide expelled

Brother of Hu Jintao's ex-aide expelled

BEIJING • The brother of a former Chinese presidential aide has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and public office, and will be facing charges for violations, such as accepting bribes.

Ling Zhengce, former deputy head of the parliamentary advisory body in the province of Shanxi, is the elder brother of Ling Jihua, a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Ling Zhengce had also sought benefits for relatives.


Protester dies after setting himself on fire

SEOUL • An elderly South Korean man died from his injuries yesterday, nine days after he set himself on fire to protest against Japan's forced recruitment of sex slaves for military brothels during World War II.

Doctors said the condition of Mr Choi Hyun-Yul, 81, deteriorated rapidly due to blood poisoning.


Cyber spies in China 'snooping on India'

• NEW DELHI • Cyber spies most probably based in China have been snooping on Indian government bodies and universities since 2012, Internet security company FireEye said yesterday.

It said the hackers seemed particularly interested in India's border dispute with neighbour China as well as information on Tibetan activists.

There was no immediate reaction from China, but Beijing has always denied allegations of cyber espionage.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Brother of Hu Jintao's ex-aide expelled'. Print Edition | Subscribe