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Former Top Chinese General Commits Suicide As Corruption Probe Looms
November 28, 20172:16 AM ET
SCOTT NEUMAN

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/28/566866595/former-top-chinese-general-commits-suicide-as-corruption-probe-looms

Chinese Gen. Zhang Yang committed suicide last week amid an investigation into his ties with two disgraced military figures caught up in the country's aggressive anti-corruption drive, state media reported Tuesday.

The South China Morning Post, quoting China's state media reports that Zhang, 66, a former head of the powerful Central Military Commission's (CMC) political work department, "hanged himself at his home in Beijing on the morning of November 23, and the news of his death had been relayed to all People's Liberation Army theatre commands."

Xinhua said Zhang had "serious disciplinary violations," something the Post describes as "euphemism for corruption." NPR's Rob Schmitz, reporting from Shanghai, says the general "had disappeared from public sight more than two months ago amidst a crackdown on corruption within military ranks launched by Chinese leader Xi Jinping."

Zhang had ties to Gen. Xu Caihou, the former head of the army's political department, and Gen. Guo Boxiong, a former vice-chairman of the CMC. Both were accused of corruption Xu died of cancer before he could be imprisoned and in July 2016, Guo was given a prison term of life.

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