Son of China’s former security chief held in corruption probe

Former politburo member Zhou Yongkang linked to investigation

Zhou Yongkang, China’s former state security chief. Photograph: AP Photo/Andy Wong

Zhou Yongkang, China’s former state security chief. Photograph: AP Photo/Andy Wong

 

Zhou Yongkang

According to reports, Mr Zhou’s son, Zhou Bin, has been linked to a probe into Jiang Jiemin, until recently director of the commission overseeing China’s major state-owned companies.

Zhou Bin, who is married to a Chinese-American woman and is a US

resident, is being detained on the outskirts of Beijing so he could assist the party’s anti-corruption watchdog with the investigation, and barred from leaving the country, a source said.

The investigation into Mr Jiang is seen part of broader efforts to tighten the new leadership’s grip on state-owned enterprises. Mr Zhou (71), is the former national security chief who ruled over the police and other law enforcement agencies for nearly a decade.

He has been linked to the faction which supports the purged former senior cadre Bo Xilai, who was jailed for life in September for corruption and abuse of power