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Zhou Yongkang, China’s former public security minister, is shown in Beijing in October, 2007.
Zhou Yongkang, China’s former public security minister, is shown in Beijing in October, 2007.
(JASON LEE/REUTERS)

Zhou’s fall has China cheering, but Xi gets the last laugh

There was glee in the wake of China’s official confirmation of an investigation into Zhou Yongkang, once one of the country’s most powerful men. On the Internet, where discussion of his downfall was heavily censored until the investigation was confirmed by state media Tuesday evening, a flood of giddy talk came rushing forward.