China leadership contender under investigation — “But he is still a comrade. He is still a Politburo member.” — “The game is rigged”

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A senior Chinese official who was considered a contender for top leadership has been put under investigation, three sources with ties to the leadership said, ahead of a Communist Party congress in the autumn where Xi Jinping will cement his grip on power.

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Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai attends the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on March 3, 2016. (PHOTO: REUTERS Jason Lee)

BEIJING: A senior Chinese official who was considered a contender for top leadership has been put under investigation, three sources with ties to the leadership said, ahead of a Communist Party congress in the autumn where Xi Jinping will cement his grip on power.

Sun Zhengcai had been party chief of the southwestern megalopolis of Chongqing, until an abrupt announcement on…

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