Chinese securities official dismissed for rule violation - watchdog

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An official with China's securities regulator has been dismissed from his post and expelled from the Communist Party, the anti-graft watchdog said on Friday.

The Central Commission of Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in June last year it was investigating the official, identified as Wang Zongcheng, for suspected violations of laws and regulations.

President Xi Jinping has stepped up efforts in recent years to weed out corrupt Communist Party officials in the financial sector.

Wang had seriously violated rules by receiving bribes and helping others obtain big profits by using his powers in areas including the issuing of securities, inspection and law enforcement, the CCDI said in a statement.

Wang worked as the head of China Securities Regulatory Commission's (CSRC) accounting department between December 2018 and May 2022, the CCDI said.

(Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Robert Birsel)