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Former head of China’s state secrets agency sacked from nation’s political advisory body

A former head of the government agency responsible for the protection of state secrets in China has been sacked from the nation’s top political advisory body for a “serious violation of discipline”.

Xia Yong, who was also a former member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee, has been formally removed from his post, the advisory body said in a statement, but no details were given of the alleged offence.

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Xia is the latest senior official to fall from grace since the former presidential aide Ling Jihua was jailed for life on graft charges in July.

Xia sat on the national committee of the political advisory body the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

The decision to sack Xia from his post was formally ratified this week, according to a notice on the consultative conference’s website.

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Xia was the director of the National Administration of State Secrets from 2010 to 2013.

He previously served as a deputy research chief at the Communist Party’s Central Committee General Office.

Xia had a legal academic background and before joining the office was head of the Institute of Law under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.