China's minister for clean government has warned businesspeople against colluding with officials for political power, calling the practice "very dangerous".
The warning from Yang Xiaodu, the minister of supervision and a right-hand man of top graft-buster Wang Qishan, comes as observers are watching closely to see if more tycoons will be targeted ahead of a reshuffle of the top ranks later this year.
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At the China Development Forum on Saturday, Yang said two types of entrepreneurs had been keen to cultivate links with government officials.