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The Wall Street Journal: China’s Sun Zhengcai, possible successor to leader Xi Jinping, removed from party post

BEIJING—China’s Communist Party placed under investigation a senior official once seen as a possible successor to President Xi Jinping, people familiar with the matter said, in a change that allowed the Chinese leader to promote an ally.

A hastily arranged meeting of party officials on Saturday in the inland city of Chongqing announced that Sun Zhengcai, the city’s top official, was being replaced and was being investigated, a person familiar with the matter said. A second person corroborated the investigation.

No further details of the investigation were given, the people said.

State media announced Sun’s removal Saturday but didn’t provide a reason or mention an investigation.

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