Zhou Yongkang: From apex of power to caged 'tiger' in China

December 8, 2014 6:16 PM

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Zhou Yongkang: From apex of power to caged 'tiger' in China

Beijing (CNN) -- At the height of his power, Zhou Yongkang controlled police forces, spy agencies, court systems and prosecution offices across China -- and the domestic security czar wasn't shy in deploying his vast assets to crush dissent and unrest in the name of "preserving social stability."

During his reign before retiring in 2012, as worsening income inequality and official corruption fueled mass discontent nationwide, Zhou oversaw the domestic security budget swell to surpass that of the two million-strong Chinese military -- the world's largest.

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