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Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power two years ago, saying his number one aim was to clean up politics. Soon after, he launched a hard-hitting anti-corruption campaign, the likes of which the communist state has never seen before.

Tens of thousands of party officials are now under investigation or in prison. And a growing number are killing themselves — the suicide rate among the country's mid- to top-level officials is now at least 30 percent higher than the urban average.

BBC China editor Carrie Gracie reports from Shanxi province, the front-line of the president's anti-corruption campaign.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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This segment aired on October 22, 2014.

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