Rail minister probed for corruption

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Chinese railways minister Liu Zhijun is under investigation for 'severe violation of discipline' (AP)

China’s minister of railways is being investigated for “severe violation of discipline” and has been removed from a key political post.

The announcement of the investigation of Liu Zhijun comes as the top leaders in the ruling Communist Party try to stamp out corruption, which is a major threat to their authority.

Ministerial-level officials are rarely targeted in corruption probes and the investigation of Mr Liu is especially high-profile, given the huge investment China has made in high-speed rail service and the importance of the railway system in the country.

Xinhua News Agency reports that Mr Liu had already been removed from his post as the railway ministry’s Communist Party chief.

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