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Chinese history tells us: Never stop fighting till the fight is done

Sun's fate shows that life atop the CCP can be nasty, brutish and short

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Observers of elite politics in China cannot miss a cruel paradox: Those closest to the apex of power are the most likely to fall. The latest example is that of Sun Zhengcai, a member of the Chinese Communist Party's politburo, and party chief in the large southwestern city of Chongqing.

Before his recent detention on unspecified corruption charges, 53-year-old Sun was a high-flyer. Promoted to the politburo at the CCP's 18th congress in 2012, he was seen as a potential candidate to succeed either the general secretary, President Xi Jinping, or Premier Li Keqiang when they retire in 2022.

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