The next 'tiger' in Xi's purge

The next 'tiger' in Xi's purge
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BEIJING - Who's next? People in Beijing like to talk about politics, and this is the question on many lips at the moment. President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign has already netted a number of political heavyweights, and it may have a new target in sight.

Xi has vowed to crack down on both "tigers" and "flies" - powerful leaders and low-level officials - in his fight against corruption. So far, he has caged Xu Caihou, Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua. Two recent developments, unrelated at first glance, offer a clue as to who is next.

Reading into it

In a country where the government keeps a tight rein on information, even seemingly minor incidents can generate widespread speculation. An example of this is an article released on Feb. 25 by the Communist Party's top anti-graft body.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is headed by Wang Qishan, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body. Wang is widely seen as one of Xi's most trusted allies.

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