China’s anti-graft watchdog investigates police chief of scandal-ridden Chongqing

Kinling Lo

The police chief of the scandal-plagued southwestern Chinese megacity of Chongqing is under investigation for suspected “serious violations” of the Communist Party’s code of conduct, Beijing’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Sunday.

Without giving details, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Deng Huilin, 55, was under investigation.

The announcement has put the spotlight of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign back on Chongqing, a municipality home to 30 million people.

The city has been a political battlefield since Xi launched a sweeping campaign against deep-seated corruption at the start of his term in 2012.

Deng, who was also deputy mayor of Chongqing, took over both roles from his predecessor, He Ting, who was removed from office in June 2017 on corruption charges.

Former Chongqing police chief expelled from Communist Party for graft

Deng rose through the ranks to be deputy police chief of Hubei province in central China, going a further step up the ladder in 2015 when became general office director at the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.

He was posted to Chongqing as its police chief in August 2017, working under the city’s party boss, Chen Miner, who took over from Sun Zhengcai, who was sentenced to life in prison for graft.

Other cadres to take the Chongqing police chief job have also fallen from grace, including Wang Lijun, who was jailed for 15 years in 2012 in a scandal that also brought down the city’s party boss, Bo Xilai.

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