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China punishes 627,000 officials in 2021, a record under Xi Jinping

Lower-level authorities take brunt of blame for COVID, accidents and economic woes

Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed on a screen next to a medical workers exhibit at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. Many party officials were penalized last year over COVID-19 outbreaks.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China punished 627,000 officials for "violating Communist Party discipline and laws" last year, anti-corruption authorities said Friday, more than any other year since President Xi Jinping took the party's reins in 2012.

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