Senior Chinese diplomat removed, investigated for 'disciplinary violation'

A senior Chinese diplomat has been removed from his position and is being investigated for an unspecified disciplinary violation.

A one-sentence statement from the Foreign Ministry did not offer more details Friday about the removal of Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng.

Zhang is the highest-ranking diplomat to be hit by a corruption probe launched by President Xi Jinping. Assistant foreign ministers rank below the minister and six vice ministers.