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China is investigating a former executive at an oil firm owned by state-run China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) for corruption, the top anti-graft body said Thursday.

Sun Weidong, a former vice-manager of the Yumen Oilfield Company in western Gansu province, is suspected of serious discipline violations — which usually means corruption — the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a short statement.

Sun becomes the second executive at the Yumen Oilfield Company to be investigation.

The state-controlled Xinhua news agency said in March Yumen’s deputy general manager and chief accountant, Yang Guoling, was under investigation for discipline offenses.

CNPC is the parent of China’s biggest oil and gas producer, PetroChina.

“Five former executives from CNPC and PetroChina are under investigation on graft charges, including Jiang Jiemin, the former chairman of both entities, who was a vocal proponent of the expansion of what he called the national and social responsibilities of state-owned enterprises,” Reuters said.