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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Chinese Army Officer Commits Suicide Following Corruption Investigation

Zhang Yang, then head of General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army, in Beijing in 2014. Credit China Stringer Network, via Reuters
Zhang Yang, then head of General Political Department of the People’s Liberation Army, in Beijing in 2014. Credit China Stringer Network, via Reuters

A 66 years old senior Chinese military official, Zhang Yang, who was under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, Xinhua said on Tuesday. 

Yang, a member of the Central Military Commission (CMC), committed suicide at home in Beijing on Nov. 23 after authorities launched an investigation against him" He was being investigated over links to Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, according to CMC.


Guo and Xu, two retired vice chairmen of the China Central Military Commission, were caught up in prosecutions as part of President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft campaign. 

Guo, once China’s top uniformed officer, was sentenced to life in prison last year. Xu died of cancer in 2015 while awaiting court martial, Bloomberg reported.

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