Special report: The power struggle behind China's corruption crackdown

May 23, 2014 5:28 AM

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Special report: The power struggle behind China's corruption crackdown

Even a birthday party in 2011 for Liu's primary-school aged son drew a crowd of bureaucrats in Chengdu, the capital of China's western Sichuan province where the flamboyant mining tycoon was based. "There was a mayor of a nearby city with a population of three or four million," recalls Australian political lobbyist John Halden who helped win approval for Liu's mining investments in Western Australia and was invited to the October 15 celebration. "There were senior people from the provincial treasury and about seven or eight officials from the city of Chengdu."

But Liu's close ties with officialdom didn't last. When Chinese President Xi Jinping was named President at the end of the annual parliamentary session in March last year, the 48-year-old Liu was detained and surrounded by a different class of public servants; corruption investigators and prison gua...

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