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China Sichuan governor suspected of corruption

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Image caption As most top officials are Communist Party members, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is in effect China's top anti-corruption body

The governor of China's Sichuan province, Wei Hong, is suspected of "severe disciplinary violations", according to a senior official.

"Discipline violations" is a term often used to refer to corruption.

Beijing's corruption crackdown has seen dozens of officials jailed in recent years, a drive criticised by some who see a political motive.

Earlier this week Chinese President Xi Jinping said the anti-corruption drive was proving an effective deterrent.

Wu Yuliang, deputy chief of the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, made the announcement about Wei Hong at a press conference on Friday.

Mr Wei has been governor of the populous south-western province for three years. Before that he was vice governor, since 2007, according to state media.

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