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Chinese newspaper editor targeted by Beijing for questioning party line


A former editor in China's violence-wracked region of Xinjiang was sacked after making "irresponsible remarks", authorities said, in what could be the first official to be openly targeted by Beijing's Communist leaders after they introduced tough new rules against straying from the party line.

Zhao Xinwei, who had run the Xinjiang Daily since 2011, was also investigated by Beijing for "serious disciplinary breaches", a statement on the website of the official graft watchdog for Xinjiang said, using a term that commonly implies corruption.

He had made "irresponsible remarks on major policies and decisions", the statement from the local Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) published late on Sunday said.

Mr Zhao had also failed to explain comments he had made on "separatism, violence and terrorism, religious extremism and other major matters of principle".

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