January 29, 2016 / 8:29 AM / in 2 years

China statistics chief sacked amid corruption probe

BEIJING (Reuters) - The head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics has been sacked after authorities announced an anti-corruption investigation against him this week, state media reported on Friday.

The ruling Communist Party’s top anti-graft watchdog said on Tuesday that Wang Bao’an was “suspected of serious violation of discipline”, a euphemism for corruption.

Wang was deputy finance minister from 2012 to April 2015, when he took up the powerful post of statistics bureau chief, according to the party’s anti-corruption watchdog.

Wang could not be reached for comment, and it is unclear whether he had retained a lawyer. State media cited information from the Organisation Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee in reporting he had been sacked.

A sweeping anti-corruption campaign by President Xi Jinping has targeted a broad swath of high-ranking officials in industry and government, including many of his formidable political opponents. Military brass, judicial officials and leaders of state-owned companies have been caught up in the crackdown.

This month, a former vice public security minister, Li Dongsheng, was jailed for 15 years on corruption charges.

Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Robert Birsel

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