Asia

China removes official over 'superstitious' activities

China's anti-corruption watchdog says a former vice governor of a province has been dismissed from public office for superstitious activities and trading power for sex.

The ruling Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement Tuesday that Chen Shulong had long abused his power to seek "huge profits."

It didn't give a sum or explain what "superstitious activities" he had allegedly been involved in. The party nominally espouses atheism.

Chen was also expelled from the Communist Party. He had been the vice governor of eastern China's Anhui province.

The statement says his illegal gains will be confiscated and his case transferred to the judiciary.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made fighting corruption a hallmark of his administration since being appointed head of the party in late 2012.