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China's Anti-Graft Probe Aims High

Jun 23, 2016 | 16:35 GMT
China's Anti-Graft Probe Aims High
China's anti-corruption campaign is now focused more on political enemies than on rooting out corruption.
(WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

China's sweeping anti-corruption campaign is intensifying, and the second round of major investigations this year is expected to begin in the coming weeks. Time until the 2017 Communist Party Congress is growing short, and resources at the country's top anti-graft body, the overburdened Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), are strained. China's top leaders appear to have made a choice to focus the newest round of investigations on ousting supporters of their political enemies rather than on rooting out corruption. Primarily zeroing in on influential figures at the top of powerful organizations, President Xi Jinping and his allies are seeking to clear the decks of rivals ahead of the leadership transition set to take place at next year's congress....

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