China jails ruling party member for life over graft

Former Chinese rising star Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life in prison for graftMore

Sun was accused of taking 170 million yuan ($27 million) in bribes from 2002 to 2017, when he held several government posts, including Minister of Agriculture and party secretary of Chongqing, China Central Television reported Tuesday, citing the Tianjin No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.

Sun and his alleged associates were accused of accepting the money and assets in return for providing help to unspecified organisations and individuals, business operations and other matters, the court said. Bo, who is serving a life sentence for corruption and abuse of power, was the Chongqing party chief and a potential rival to Xi, who had not yet taken power. In October, the participants of the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China approved the decision.

Notably, while Sun was sentenced to life in prison for corruption, the Party appears to have found him guilty of a more serious offense - challenging Xi's unquestionable authority.

At a party meeting a year ago, a senior official stated that Sun and other senior figures prosecuted in Xi's anti-corruption crackdown were "conspiring openly to usurp party leadership".

One of China's most high-profile politicians, Sun Zhengcai, once seen as a likely candidate to be China's next leader, was sentenced to life in prison for taking almost $27 million in bribes.

Sun, 54, was the youngest member of the ruling communist party's 25-member politburo and was a rising star in the party.

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"I sincerely confess to and regret the crimes I committed".

Sun's case mirrors the downfall of another former Chongqing chief, Bo Xilai, whose arrest shook the previous party shuffle in 2012.

One of the most powerful men in all of China presently, Jinping rose to fame due to his anti-corruption stance.

However, critics have claimed Xi has used the crusade as a way to sideline political opponents and consolidate his power over the country.

China's parliament also removed the two-term limit for the president paving the way for Xi to continue in power for life.

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