Zhou Yongkang: A big tiger is caged

On 29 July, Beijing, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua announced Zhou Yongkang 周永康, a former member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, is under investigation for serious disciplinary violations. The short statement ends more than a year of speculation about Zhou’s fate, during which many senior officials and people with close relationships with Zhou were probed or detained.

Zhou is the first Politburo Standing Committee member since 1949 who has been subject to such an investigation. The Party mouthpiece People’s Daily commented ‘No matter how big the tiger, if it commits evil and violates Party discipline, it won’t be able to escape the cage’.

Chart showing Zhou Yongkang relationships from Caixin
Chart above showing Zhou Yongkang relationships from Caixin

The announcement was made on International Tiger Day, a commemoration began in 2010 to support tiger conservation. Xinhua posted three pictures on its mobile website of caged tigers less than a hour after the announcement.

Zhou’s fall brings the total of ‘officials fallen from their horses’ (落马官) to 375 this year as Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign to root out ‘tigers and flies’ intensifies.

Links and sources
Xinhua: 中共中央决定对周永康严重违纪问题立案审查, CPC to hold key session on rule of law, 盘点20年历次四中全会都研究啥
People’s Daily: 从严治党坚定不移
Caixin: 周永康案全记录
Caixin: 老虎家族——周永康案关系网(The tiger family-Network of Zhou Yongkang)
Hong Kong Wenhui Po: 破「刑不上常委」「大老虎」终就擒周永康被查
Global Times:
The Beijing News:
审查周永康坚定反腐信心
Beijing Youth Daily: 堵住“苍蝇”长成“老虎”之路
Financial Times: Timeline: The downfall of China’s security chief
CNPC website: 中石油党组坚决拥护党中央决定
PLA website: 全军官兵坚决拥护党中央的正确决定
Netease: 传前央视女主播沈冰因周永康案被调查