China's Communists expel rising star and remove him from public office
Sun Zhengcai, who had been seen as a rising star in Chinese politics, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and dismissed from public office amid a corruption investigation.
Mr Sun, the former top official in the mega-city of Chongqing, is the highest-ranking serving official to be ensnared by President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign, now in its fifth year.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the party's Politburo had approved the latest actions against Mr Sun at a meeting on Friday after reviewing a report from the investigation.
That comes just three weeks before a major party congress held once every five years.
The moves clear the way for Mr Sun to be prosecuted, with a guilty verdict all but certain.
The party has said only that Mr Sun is accused of "serious violations of discipline", shorthand for corruption.