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Fang Fenghui: China's ex-top general jailed for life



 China's President Xi Jinping and General Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army in 2017

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Fang Fenghui with President Xi Jinping in 201
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A former high-ranking Chinese general has been sentenced to life in jail for corruption, state media reports.

Fang Fenghui, ex-chief of the joint staff of the People's Liberation Army, was found guilty of bribery and having huge According to Xinhua, the wealth he was unable to account for.

The 67-year-old was accompanied by President Xi Jinping in his first meeting with US President Donald Trump in 2017.

Many officials have been jailed in what Mr Xi says it is an anti-corruption drive.

The efforts have had a particular focus on the country's military, which is the world's largest and undergoes a modernization campaign.

Fang Fenghui lost his post without explanations in 2017 and disappeared from public view.

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Fang Fenghui in a meeting with US officials, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Washington in 2017
                

He was also a member of the powerful Central Military Commission, the Chinese supreme military body, and was close to Zhang Yang, who also served in the commission and was found dead in 2017 while being investigated for corruption.

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It is unclear whether he was allowed to retain a lawyer, Reuters news agency reports.

More than one million officials have been punished in Mr. X's anti-corruption drive when he took power in 2012, the government says.

They include Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, both the former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. Xu died of cancer in 2015 before he could face trial while Guo was sentenced to life in prison for bribery in 2016.

The anti-corruption campaign has been described by some as a massive internal purge of opponents, a scale not seen Since the days of Mao Zedong, in whose Cultural Revolution many top officials were purged.


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