53-year-old Sun Zhengcai is under investigation by the Communist Party's Anti-Graft agency if reports are to be believed. It is believed that he is being investigated on charges of violating the party discipline.
Removal from key position
The reports of the investigation have gathered strength and momentum after Sun Zhengcai was dismissed from the leadership position of the Communist Party on Sunday. He was the youngest member of the party. This comes as a huge shock to many as Sun was thought to be the next entrant into the Politburo Standing Committee. A leadership change is expected to happen in the coming months and the ascension of Sun to the committee was expected to take place then. Sun Zhengcai is a follower of Wen Jiabao, the former premier and it was expected that he would ascend to greater positions in the Party.
Chen Miner replaces Sun Zhengcai
As Sun Zhengcai stepped down from his position, Chen Miner, supporter and follower of the President Xi Jinping, is now expected to step in to fill the void. Chen Miner is also Guizhou's party leader. Surprisingly enough, when the position was handed over to Chen Miner, the former official was not present. Usually, the handover is done by the official stepping down and this unusual happening has only added fuel to the rumors that an investigation is underway with Sun at its center. It is also believed by many that Sun was actually in the custody of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, which is why he did not attend the handover ceremony. The last event he attended in his official capacity was a finance work meeting which was held in Beijing. Sun is seen in the video coverage of this meeting, though no close-up shots of him are available.
With the handover, it is now thought that Chen is in a strong position to continue his upward movement through Party ranks. There is now a good possibility that he will be fielded as the true successor of Xi. There is also quite a strong indication that it is Chen who will now have a good chance of entering the Politburo in place of Sun. Readers will remember that Xi also became party chief right before he was presented as the president in waiting and then finally, the leader of the nation.