Chinese authorities have reportedly opened a probe into the death of a top anti-corruption official at China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

Sources close to mater told the Wall Street Journal that police are looking into the possibility of foul play and suicide after CNOOC chief compliance officer Zhang Jianwei was found dead in his office on November 3.

Neither state-owned CNOOC nor government officials have publicly confirmed Zhang’s death yet.

Law enforcement officials have not commented on the matter or confirmed that an investigation is taking place, the Wall Street Journal said.

Sources with knowledge of the probe told the paper that Zhang, 57, was believed to have been in good health at the time of his death.

According to a profile on CNOOC’s website, Zhang assumed the role of party leadership group member and chief compliance officer at CNOOC in December 2011.

In his role at the copmany, Zhang was part of a broader government effort to crack down on corruption at state-owned companies.

The graft-busting effort was ushered in by president Xi Jinping in 2011 and has landed several officials in jail.

In October, former China National Petroleum Corporation chief Jiang Jiemin was sentenced to 16 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a slew of corruption charges earlier this year.

The former CNPC boss received over $2.21 million in bribes between 2004 and 2013 and collaborated with disgraced domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang to aide others with business deals.

Zhou is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted in June of corruption, abuse of power and sharing state secrets.


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