Ling Jihua, then vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), pauses during meeting in Beijing March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo
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An ex-aide of former Chinese president Hu Jintao has been charged with accepting bribes and illegally obtaining state secrets, prosecutors said Friday, suggesting he will face jail after a trial.The ruling Communist Party last year accused Ling Jihua -- once Hu's chief of staff -- of bribery and "trading power for sex," after expelling him the previous year.It comes as part of a high-profile crackdown on graft by current President Xi Jinping that has deposed several senior officials, notably former security chief Zhou Yongkang.
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