The Buzz | Chinese official fired for not fighting extremism

A Communist Party official who oversaw a portion of China’s restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang has been dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism.

Zhang Jinbiao, the party secretary for Hotan, is accused of “serious violations” including failing to carry out anti-terrorism work and improperly accepting gifts, said a statement by the ruling party’s top discipline body.

The statement released on Saturday by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection gave no details but said Zhang’s failure to carry out anti-extremism work had “serious consequences.”

Thousands of Chinese officials accused of financial offenses have been snared in a marathon anti-graft crackdown. But accusations of failing to carry out political duties such as anti-terrorism work are rare.

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