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Fallen Chinese general facing graft charges dies: Xinhua

Xu Caihou at the Ministry of Defence in Beijing on July 25, 2012The highest-ranking Chinese military officer to fall under President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive has died of cancer, official media reported Monday. Xu Caihou rose to become the second most senior officer in the 2.3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, and a member of the Communist Party’s 25-strong Politburo. Xu died of bladder cancer on Sunday, the official news agency Xinhua said in a brief dispatch. Since coming to power more than two years ago Xi has sought to impose himself on China’s military, which has been one of the targets of his wide-ranging anti-corruption drive.

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