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Then-Interpol President Meng Hongwei, right, poses with Britain's Prince Charles, second from right, at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France in May.    © Reuters
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On a knife-edge -- China's power game drags in Interpol chief

Xi Jinping follows a tried and trusted game plan in going after security forces

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Around midnight Sunday, as China was winding down its weeklong National Day holidays, Xinhua News Agency carried a one-line statement that sent shock waves through the international community.

Issued by the nation's anti-corruption authorities, it said, "Meng Hongwei, vice minister of Public Security, is being investigated by China's National Supervisory Commission for suspected violations of laws."

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