BEIJING:– The head of China Telecom, one of the nation's big three telecoms firms, is under investigation for "severe disciplinary violations", the government said Sunday, the latest high-profile target in a corruption crackdown. News of the probe into Chang Xiaobing, 58, was given in a statement on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the watchdog of the ruling Communist Party. The term is normally a euphemism for graft.–AFP

Chang had been "taken away", according to an article in the respected business magazine Caijing, which added that he disappeared just days before a meeting of the state-owned company planned for December 28.