- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2013

China has kicked off an investigation into a senior level economic policymaker, accusing him of committing “serious disciplinary violations.”

The one-line statement of allegations was posted on the Communist Party’s website without further explanation, BBC reported.

Liu Tienan, 58, is deputy head of the Cabinet’s National Development and Reform Commission, and the latest in a handful of high-ranking Chinese officials under fire for graft or corruption, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Tienan is also director of the National Energy Administration, the AP reported.

Liu Changping, deputy editor of the Caijing Magazine, first accused Mr. Liu of corruption in December. Then, he posted his suspicions online, accusing Mr. Tienan of questionable financial deals and of lying about his education, BBC reported. He also charged Mr. Tienan of threatening to kill an ex-mistress, BBC said.

Mr. Tienan is being investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, AP reported.