Former Chinese military chief of staff expelled from CPC

Li Jiayao

BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Fang Fenghui, a former member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and former chief of staff of the CMC Joint Staff Department, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Fang's expulsion from the CPC has been approved by the CPC Central Committee, while the CMC has already expelled him from the People's Liberation Army and stripped him of his rank of general, according to a CMC statement on Tuesday.

"Fang severely violated political discipline, the political code of conduct, the eight-point frugality code of the CPC Central Committee and the regulations and discipline of the military," the statement read.

He was suspected of offering and taking bribes and possessing a large amount of property from unidentified sources, which are "extremely serious violations involving a huge amount of assets and had caused an extremely bad influence," the CMC said.

Neither loyal nor honest to the CPC, Fang was found to "have been duplicitous, disintegrated politically and grown greedy economically, severely damaging the Party's cause and the image of the military," according to the statement.

The statement said that the investigation into Fang's case has concluded, and the case will be transferred to a judiciary committee for prosecution.

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