WorldViews: Who is Zhou Yongkang, and why did China decide to launch an investigation on him?

By William Wan, July 29, 2014

Zhou Yongkang is a former domestic security chief of China, making him the most powerful man to be investigated as part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.

The probe is rumored to be two years in the making, with party members affiliated with Zhou methodically targeted. If Zhou is expelled from the party and convicted on corruption charges, he would be the highest-ranking party leader to be taken down in decades.

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