Updated: 12/25/2013 19:31 | By Agence France-Presse

China vice police minister sacked: Communist Party

A senior official in China's Ministry of Public Security has been sacked for "disciplinary violations", state media said Wednesday, the latest target in a corruption crackdown by the ruling Communist Party. 

China vice police minister sacked: Communist Party

Chinese Communist Party Congress spokesman Li Dongsheng speaks at a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 14, 2007

Li Dongsheng, formerly a vice minister of public security, was removed from his various posts for "severe violations of discipline", according to an official circular reported by the state Xinhua agency.

The phrase is usually used to indicate alleged corruption.

The move to sack Li had been expected after the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced last week that he was under investigation.

Li was one of nine people with the rank of vice minister at the Ministry of Public Security, the government department in charge of policing.

He also served as a vice secretary on the ministry's party committee and was deputy head of a leading group that deals with the prevention and handling of issues related to cults, the commission announcement said.

The powerful ministry is one of China's most important,  responsible for helping maintain order in the world's most populous country of 1.35 billion people and one where the party does not tolerate challenges to its rule.

President Xi Jinping has taken a hard line against graft, waste and extravagance since coming to power a little over one year ago.

He has warned that corruption could destroy the party and threatened to crack down on high-ranking officials, described as "tigers", along with low-level "flies".

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