Disgraced former top Chinese officer dies of cancer: Xinhua

March 15, 2015 5:29 PM

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Disgraced former top Chinese officer dies of cancer: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - One of the most senior Chinese military officers to be accused of corruption has died of cancer, the state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, sparing the government what could have been an embarrassing trial.

Xu Caihou retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission in 2013 and from the ruling Communist Party's decision-making Politburo in 2012.

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