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China's former military no. 2 ousted from party

Chinese leaders have expelled a senior military official from the ruling Communist Party in an apparent crackdown on corruption. The former official was found guilty of accepting bribes.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Monday that leaders decided on the punishment of General Xu Caihou at a Politburo meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping.

They found Xu guilty of violating an important party discipline by using his post to take bribes in exchange for granting promotions.

Xu was ousted from the party and will be handed over to prosecutors for a court martial.

Xu held the Liberation Army's number 2 post until March last year. He also served as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He has held the highest rank of any official currently being punished for corruption.

The leaders also agreed that graft in the Communist Party and the military poses a serious problem. They say authorities must punish those who accept bribes, regardless of their power or status.

Jun. 30, 2014 - Updated 20:11 UTC