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Former leading Chinese general latest ‘tiger’ to be caught in Xi anti-corruption net
BY JESSE JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER

JAN 9, 2018

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/09/asia-pacific/former-leading-chinese-general-latest-tiger-caught-xi-anti-corruption-net/#.Wx4oC4pKjD4

In a stunning fall from grace, Chinese state-run media reported Tuesday that Gen. Fang Fenghui, a former member of China’s powerful Central Military Commission and former chief of the CMC Joint Staff Department, had been referred to military prosecutors on suspicion of bribery.

The official Xinhua News Agency, which reported the move, gave no other details.

Fang, once the fifth-ranking officer on the CMC, had been questioned by authorities in September about “economic problems,” media reports said at the time. He was replaced at the Joint Staff Department in late August after playing host to U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford earlier that month.

Fang, 66, was reportedly once the youngest commander of a People’s Liberation Army military region, and was described as an “opportunist” in one media report citing military insiders.

He is the latest “tiger” to be swept up in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign targeting both top officials, known euphemistically as tigers, and local-level civil servants, or “flies.”

Fang’s referral to prosecutors follows the November suicide of former Gen. Zhang Yang, who served alongside him on the commission.

Zhang, director of the CMC’s political department, had been under investigation over alleged links to disgraced former Gens. Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, who had both served as vice chairmen of the commission.

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