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Xi's corruption crackdown nets hundreds of party 'tigers'

Anti-graft body claims to punish thousands of high-ranking officials

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign has targeted at least 280 officials at or above the vice minister level in the five years since he came to power, according to the tally kept by the state's anti-graft watchdog.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection also said it has cracked down on 8,600 officials at the bureau or department chief tier. The agency says it has helped restore the people's trust in the Communist Party of China and reinforced the legitimacy of the one-party state.

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