- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

BEIJING (AP) - A former top Chinese general has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party to face bribery charges, becoming the most senior figure ensnared yet in a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown.

A Cabinet statement said Monday investigators found retired Gen. Xu Caihou and his relatives accepted money and property in exchange for promotions and other favors.

Xu was a member of the ruling party’s Politburo and vice chairman of its Central Military Commission, which commands China’s military.

A series of Chinese officials have been detained in the campaign launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping. He has vowed to punish all corrupt officials, no matter how ranking. Political analysts suggest the ultimate goal is a retired senior leader, Zhou Yongkang.

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