Former Chinese defense minister expelled from ruling Communist Party over graft allegations


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BEIJING (AP) — Former Chinese defense minister Li Shangfu was expelled from the ruling Communist Party and is being investigated for corruption and bribery, the official Xinhua news agency reported Thursday. Li was removed from office in October 2023 after disappearing from public view for almost two months. China’s former defense minister Li Shangfu has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and accused of corruption, likely setting up a trial that could lead to his getting life in prison. The Defense Ministry on Thursday said Li had abused his authority to enrich himself by taking bribes and granting favors...