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Ex-Publicity Official on Trial for Bribery

Zhang Wenxiong, director of the Publicity Department of Hunan’s provincial party committee, stands trial on Tuesday in Guilin Intermediate People’s Court. Photo from Guangxi High People’s Court
Zhang Wenxiong, director of the Publicity Department of Hunan’s provincial party committee, stands trial on Tuesday in Guilin Intermediate People’s Court. Photo from Guangxi High People’s Court

A former high-level publicity-department official from Hunan province is on trial for alleged bribery and possessing illicit assets worth 75 million yuan ($11.9 million).

Zhang Wenxiong, director of the Publicity Department for Hunan’s provincial party committee between August 2015 and November 2016, was charged with taking more than 23.4 million yuan for himself and his wife from associates between 2002 and 2016, and in return helping them get promoted and win bids for government contracts, court documents claim.

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