In this July 14, 2004 photo, Xu Caihou, then member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Director-general of General Political Department? of the People's Liberation Army, shakes hands with members of the paramilitary force in Changchun in northeast China's Jilin province. Former No. 2 military official Xu, who was under investigation for alleged massive bribe-taking, has died in a hospital of cancer, the state Xinhua News Agency reported early Monday March 16, 2015. He was 71.(AP Photo) CHINA OUT (The Associated Press)
BEIJING – The Chinese military's former second-highest ranking officer, Xu Caihou died in a hospital of cancer while he was being investigated on suspicion of taking bribes and brokering promotions, state media reported early Monday. He was 71.