May 19, 2014 / 4:52 PM / 4 years ago

China investigates corruption inspector for corruption

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is investigating a corruption inspector for corruption, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on Monday, as an anti-graft campaign intensifies.

Since President Xi Jinping’s appointment last year, the government has cracked down on official corruption and extravagance in China, where the common and public flaunting of personal and often illicit wealth has led to widespread criticism of the ruling Communist Party.

The ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said in a one-line statement on its website that Cao Lixin, a disciplinary inspector with the CCDI, was being investigated for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws. It gave no details.

It is rare for an anti-corruption official, part of the anti-corruption watchdog, to be accused of corruption.

Xi’s campaign has led to the detention of some senior government officials and executives in state-owned firms, including the country’s biggest oil and gas producer, PetroChina Co Ltd.

Xi has also targeted officials in the military in a bid to root out graft and consolidate his power. Late last year, 18 military inspection teams fanned out to various departments and area commands.

Reporting by Paul Carsten

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