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UPDATED: July 7, 2014 NO. 28 JULY 10, 2014
People & Points No. 28, 2014

Military Leader Expelled


Xu Caihou, former Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission, was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) following a three-and-a-half month investigation, the Party's Central Committee announced on June 30, one day before the 93rd anniversary of its founding.

Xu is one of the highest ranking officials within the Central Party Committee and the highest in the Central Government to be expelled so far.

The announcement said Xu's case will be delivered to the Supreme People's Procuratorate, which will authorize its military counterpart to handle the case.

An investigation has found that Xu took advantage of his post to assist the promotion of other people and accepted bribes both personally and through his family members. He is also accused of seeking profits for others in exchange for money and properties through his family members.

Xu was born in northeast China's Liaoning Province in June 1943. He joined the army in August 1963, graduated from the Electronics Engineering Department of Harbin Institute of Military Engineering in 1968, and joined the CPC in April 1971. He was Vice Chairman of China's CPC Central Military Commission from 2005-13 and a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Party Committee from 2007-2012.

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