The head of the commission that oversees China’s major state-owned companies was fired on Tuesday in a spreading corruption investigation that appears to be an effort by the country’s new leaders to tighten control over government industries. The Communist Party dismissed Jiang Jiemin from his positions as director and deputy party chief of the Cabinet’s commission that runs state companies, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Tuesday, two days after officials announced an investigation into Jiang.
Jiang formerly was chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum, which has been the target of a sweeping graft investigation that also has netted four top executives in recent days. They include three executives at CNPC’s listed subsidiary PetroChina.
As a full member of the party’s Central Committee, which is made up of its top 200 members, Jiang is the most senior official to fall since new leader Xi Jinping took power in November.