Mapping Li Zhen’s Rise to Power
The Xinhua news release covered Li Zhen and the crimes of which he was accused only in scant detail. The only thing out of sorts about the case, judging from a superficial reading of the original Xinhua release, was the sheer magnitude of Li Zhen's ill-gotten fortune. China's media focused primarily on the 10.5 million yuan, or 1.5 million dollars, in bribes and property Li Zhen had amassed, a new high water mark for official corruption in China. The shocking numbers in the official news release on Li Zhen's expulsion from the party did not stand out enough to commend the story to editors at Lifeweek magazine when they sat down that month to brainstorm feature stories for the next year. Li Zhen's relatively low position in the official hierarchy deterred interest in the story as a feature.
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