Ranking Chinese leader replaced amid reports of probe – California News

Ranking Chinese leader replaced amid reports of probe – California News

A Chinese politician once considered a potential future leader has been removed as the head of the central mega-city of Chongqing amid reports he is facing a graft investigation.

The move, just ahead of a crucial Communist Party congress later this year, is a sign of the intensifying political tussling behind the scenes to shape the lineup of top party personnel before the congress convenes, analysts say.

Citing unidentified sources, the South China Morning Post reported Monday that Sun Zhengcai is being investigated by the party’s anti-graft arm. The Central Commission of Discipline Inspection has not formally announced any probe of Sun.

But an official statement is expected to come soon, said Willy Lam, a long-time observer of China’s elite politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

“I am sure Sun’s political career is finished,” Lam said.

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