Latest News Wires Aide to former Chinese president under investigation (+video)

Ling Jihua had served as head of the Communist Party's general office, which gave him influence over key personnel arrangements.

By , Associated Press

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The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor's influences while consolidating his power.