The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party formally placed ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang under investigation for “serious disciplinary violations” on July 29, coinciding with International Tiger Day.
Zhou is the biggest catch so far in President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption, which he has said is aimed at both the biggest and smallest officials or “tigers” and “flies.”
Three other officials linked with Zhou’s case are also being investigated for corruption: Jiang Jemin, Wang Yongchun, and Li Dongsheng. And Zhou’s son, Zhou Bin, has reportedly been arrested for operating an illegal business.
Zhou Yongkang rose to power on the coattails of former Party chief, Jiang Zemin, as did fallen politician Bo Xilai. President Xi’s so-called anti-corruption campaign is widely viewed as a struggle for power against Jiang Zemin’s faction because corruption is so pervasive throughout the Party.
Zhou’s name is currently trending on Sina Weibo after being heavily censored in the lead-up to the investigation. One blogger wrote: “For the imperial court to pick today to whack a tiger is very meaningful indeed!” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Translated research by Mona.