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A tomb in Confucius' burial mond, Qufu cemetery
A tomb in Confucius' burial mond, Qufu cemetery
Wang Chi

BEIJING - Over the past three years, a growing number of high-ranking officials in China have committed suicide, according to data from the Legal Weekly journal. In just the last two months alone, three officials -- Qi Xiaolin, Deputy Secretary of Guangzhou’s Municipal Public Security Bureau, Zhang Wanxiong, Vice-President of Liangzhou Court of Justice in Gansu Province, and Ke Jianguo, director of the People's Procuratorate of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Sichuan Province -- have taken their own lives.

As demonstrated by the Legal Weekly report, most of the officials who commit suicide are between 45 and 56 years old, work on legal and political affairs, and almost all the deaths were officially declared as being “caused by depression.”

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