BEIJING May 28 The deputy director of China's
National Energy Association (NEA), who was under investigation
for taking bribes, has been sacked as a crackdown on the power
body widens, state media reported on Wednesday.
Xu Yongsheng was placed under investigation last week, one
of a series of probes into the energy sector.
The official Xinhua news agency reported on its microblog
account on Wednesday that Xu had been removed from office.
Three other officials, including Wang Jun, head of the NEA's
renewable energy department, Hao Weiping, director of the
nuclear power department, and Wei Pengyuan, deputy director of
the coal department, are under investigation, Xinhua has said.
President Xi Jinping has targeted the energy sector as part
of a wider campaign to weed out pervasive graft that began when
he came into office last year.
However, the anti-corruption drive has also enabled Xi to
weed out powerful opponents and go after high-ranking officials.
The ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said
earlier this month it was conducting inspections at Power
Construction Corp and state-controlled power equipment maker
China XD Group.
In March, the chairman and the president of Three Gorges
Corp., the company that built the $59-billion project for the
world's biggest hydro-power scheme, stepped down. They have not
been accused of any wrongdoing.
(Reporting By Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Paul Tait)