China rising political star facing corruption probe
China / July 25, 2017

Chinese authorities say they are investigating a top politician once seen as a candidate for the highest ranks of the leadership. Sun Zhengcai was the Communist Party chief of a major metropolis, Chongqing. Before his abrupt removal from office earlier this month, he was a strong contender to rise to the elite seven-member committee that rules China. But now China’s anti-corruption body says it is investigating him for serious violations of discipline. The move comes ahead of a key Communist Party meeting in the autumn when those tipped to succeed the current president and premier – who according to convention will step down in 2022 after 10 years in power – are expected to be revealed. Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel Mr Sun is the youngest member of the Politburo, the 25-member body subordinate only to the seven-member Standing Committee. He is the first serving Politburo member to be investigated since Bo Xilai, a charismatic high-flyer who also served as Chongqing party chief until he was jailed for corruption in 2013 amid a scandal over the murder of a British businessman. ‘Shadowy world’ – Analysis by Celia Hatton One of the world’s most important elections is happening right now,…