Formerly high-flying Chinese officials sentenced for graft

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A pair of formerly highflying Chinese provincial officials have been sentenced to life in prison for corruption and bribe taking.

A court in the eastern city of Jingbo said Wang Min, the former Communist Party secretary and top official in the northern transportation hub of Jinan, was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of accepting 18 million yuan ($2.7 million) in bribes to approve real estate projects and arrange jobs and appointments.

Also Friday, Wan Chinglang, former party boss of the southern industrial center of Guangzhou, was sentenced in the southern city of Nanning for receiving 110 million yuan ($17 million) over a 14-year period.

The pair mark the latest ranking officials to fall in President Xi Jinping's years-long campaign against corruption at all levels of government and state industry.