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Trial opens for ex-deputy chief of China's top planning agency who is accused of taking bribes

FILE - In this April 29, 2009 file photo, Liu Tienan, then the vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaks during a press conference in Shanghai, China. The former deputy chief of the agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, accused of taking bribes, China's official news agency said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

FILE - In this April 29, 2009 file photo, Liu Tienan, then the vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaks during a press conference in Shanghai, China. The former deputy chief of the agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, accused of taking bribes, China's official news agency said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

Chinese state media say a former powerful economic planning official has gone on trial accused of taking bribes.

Liu Tienan was an official of vice-ministerial rank at China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Liu's trial opened Wednesday at Langfang Intermediate People's Court in Hebei province.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after low- and high-level officials in a campaign to purge the ruling Communist Party of corruption and other wrongdoing that have undermined its legitimacy in the public eye.

Liu's case is unusual because allegations were first leveled against him by a Chinese journalist on his microblog.