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Beijing to take lead in probing corruption

China’s central government is launching a multi-pronged investigation into the activities of senior officials suspected of corruption in an effort to reverse an ebbing of power away from Beijing to provincial authorities, people in the Communist party said on Monday. Two of the probes are focused on the alleged corruption of top officials in Heilongjiang, the most northerly Chinese province bordering Russia, and Xinjiang, a vast autonomous region in the far west, bordering central Asia. Other provincial governments are also under investigation by the “political protection agency”, a secret Communist party body charged with looking into the dealings of senior provincial officials, the party officials told the Financial Times. Full Story

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