Ever since President Xi Jinping launched his anti-corruption campaign, he has promised to not only catch the "small flies" but also the "big tigers". Well, now there is an official announcement that he has caught the biggest tiger of all, former politiboro standing committee member and security tsar Zhou Yongkang:
China announces corruption probe into former security chief Zhou Yongkang | South China Morning Post
Now the announcement is that Zhou is under investigation for disciplinary violations, which is code word for corruption. As security tsar, he wielded immense power and made him deeply unpopular with the masses. So few would shed a tear to see his downfall. Zhou was also the power behind Bo Xilai. Now with Bo busted, it was only a matter of time before Xi went after Zhou himself.
Still, this is big news, never before had a standing committee member been put under investigation for corruption, since there was an unwritten rule that they would be immune from investigation/prosecution once they attain that rank. After all, the standing committee is only one level below Xi Jinping himself, it is the party organ that decide the major policy direction of the country. Simply put, it controls the country with Xi. So this reflects the ferocity of the power struggle that Xi has broken that rule to go after Zhou.
The question is, now that Xi has gotten what he wanted, will this corruption campaign wind down?