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Top Chinese security official investigated in graft sweep

January 16, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s powerful deputy ministers of state security is being investigated as part of a broad government anti-corruption sweep, a Communist Party panel said Friday.

The Central Commission of Disciplinary Inspection said on its website that Ma Jian was suspected of serious disciplinary violations. It didn’t provide more details, but that wording typically refers to investigations into corruption.

Ma headed the country’s sprawling anti-espionage operation and was reportedly detained last week. His investigation follows the arrest and investigation of former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, who oversaw internal security.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after low- and high-level officials in a campaign to purge the Communist Party of corruption and other wrongdoing that have undermined its legitimacy in the public eye. The campaign also has been seen by many observers as a means to root out threats to Xi’s political dominance.