Chinese official investigated for corruption

Chinese official investigated for corruption

Crackdown called a 'serious practice', not temporary

An official from China's top advisory body is under investigation for alleged corruption, the country's top anti-graft agency announced on Friday.

Yang Gang, deputy director of the Committee for Economic Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is suspected of committing "serious law and discipline violations", according to the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

The commission gave no further details.

Yang, 60, is also the former vice-minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, a position he held from December 2010 to July this year. He took on the role of deputy director of the Committee for Economic Affairs of the CPPCC National Committee in March.

Before 2010, Yang worked in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region for 41 years. He was Party chief of the region's capital of Urumqi from 1999 to 2006 and deputy Party chief of the autonomous region from November 2006 to December 2010.

From 2002 to 2012, Yang was a candidate member of the CPC Central Committee, which has 205 members and around 170 candidate members who are mostly officials at or above the ministerial level.

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