A semi-independent outlet finally comes out with it...after a bit of teasing.
Zhou Yuanxing, who died aged 69 of cancer, was the second of three brothers. Media reports on March 3 say his younger brother, Zhou Yuanqing, and brother's wife, Zhou Lingying, were taken away in early December by investigators from Beijing.
His nephew, Zhou Bin, is the son of his older brother and is also embroiled in a corruption inquiry. Zhou Bin is the former chairman of Beijing Zhongxu Yangguang Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology Ltd. He is involved in the country's hydropower and oil businesses
and the older brother is...
The Zhou family has been influential in Wuxi. The eldest brother, whose original name was Zhou Yuangen, left home at an early age to go to Beijing for school and work. He later changed his name to Zhou Yongkang.
In a story about the Zhou who stayed on the farm, and prospered under big brother's umbrella to become a kind of bucolic micro-oligarch: the local Wuliangye franchise, the Audi dealership, the gold bars, the crates of fancy liquor - the small change of influence. It's a nice sidebar but it wouldn't have made the papers if it didn't offer a chance to name Zhou discreetly and to drop the fascinating fact that the entire family seems to have vansihed into detention.
Elsewhere, it was noted yesterday that Zhou Yongkang became searchable term within the Sinosphere. The chorus is being allowed to tune up.