China War on Pollution

China's Anti-Corruption Fight Turns Toward Environmental Agency

Date of Release: 
Aug 5 2015

Retired Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) vice minister Zhang Lijun has fallen foul of China’s ongoing corruption crackdown, becoming the highest-ranking environmental official yet to be investigated.

China’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), announced details of the probe on July 30.

“Zhang Lijun, former vice minister for environmental protection and member of the ministry’s Party group, is under investigation for serious breaches of discipline and law,” the CCDI said on its website.

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