China Security Head’s Secret Trial Shows Limits of Xi’s Push

June 12, 2015 3:30 AM

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China Security Head’s Secret Trial Shows Limits of Xi’s Push

The conviction of China’s former security chief in a secret one-day trial laid bare the limits of President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption and undercut his pledge to enforce the rule of law.

After suggesting as recently as March that at least part of Zhou Yongkang’s hearing would be public, authorities announced Thursday he’d been sentenced to life in prison after closed-door proceedings last month in Tianjin. Zhou pleaded guilty to three charges including bribery, abuse of power and le...

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