Governor of east China province latest target of graft campaign

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The governor of China’s prosperous eastern province of Fujian has been placed under investigation, the ruling Communist Party’s main corruption watchdog said late Wednesday, as an anti-graft campaign continued to target officials at all levels.

Su Shulin, 53, was suspected of “serious violations of discipline,” said a one-sentence statement on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

The phrase usually refers to accusations related to corruption and abuse of power.

Su, a former president of China’s largest oil refiner, Sinopec, is the first incumbent governor of a whole province to face a disciplinary investigation since Chinese President Xi Jinping launched his “tigers and flies” purge some three years ago.

Xi’s campaign, which ostensibly aims to punish corrupt officials in both high and low positions, has lasted longer and struck at a more senior level than many analysts expected.

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