China’s anticorruption drive ensnares the lowly and rattles families

Politics

"A pig farmer's confession to bribery — and what happened after he retracted it — shows a dark side to President Xi Jinping's popular campaign against official graft," The Wall Street Journal reported. "Families around China say overzealous authorities have forced confessions, tortured suspects and made improper convictions." Meanwhile, Reuters states, "The People's Liberation Army is...reeling from Xi's anticorruption campaign, which has seen dozens of officers investigated and jailed, including Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, both former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission."