China investigates top planning official for graft

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BEIJING (AP) — China's top anti-graft committee is investigating the deputy chairman of the country's economic planning agency, the latest high-level official to be ensnared by the new leadership's anti-corruption drive.

The ruling Communist Party's disciplinary agency said in one-sentence statement on its website Sunday that Liu Tienan, deputy head of the Cabinet's National Development and Reform Commission, is being investigated for "suspected serious disciplinary violations."

The statement by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection did not provide further details.

The 58-year-old, who is also director of the National Energy Administration, is the latest high-level official to be investigated for corruption.

In December, a deputy party secretary of Sichuan province was removed from his post following state media reports that he was suspected in influence-peddling and questionable real estate deals.

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