Beijing's Communist Party deputy chief probed for graft

With corruption widespread in China, critics say the lack of transparency surrounding President Xi Jinping's campaign means that graft investigations are used for political infightingChina’s ruling Communist Party has launched a probe into its deputy Beijing chief, it said Wednesday, with reports calling her the most senior woman to fall in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive. Lu Xiwen, 60, is being investigated on suspicion of “serious disciplinary violations”, the Communist Party’s internal anti-graft body said on its website, using a phrase that normally refers to corruption. The announcement by the Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection came a day after it said it was probing Ai Baojun, a Shanghai vice mayor and a director of China’s first free trade zone in the city.

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