BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's anti-graft watchdog says it is investigating a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp. for corruption, the latest target in a widening probe against the company.
State-owned FAW has a joint venture with Volkswagen. The joint venture is one of the two car-making ventures VW has in China.
An Dewu, FAW's former deputy general manager, was investigated for "suspected serious violations of the law," the ruling Chinese Communist Party's discipline watchdog said on Friday.
The brief report did not give any details of the investigation. In China, the term "serious violations of the law" can be used to denote corruption. It was not possible to contact An or any of his representatives.
The investigation into An was announced several days after China's corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said it was investigating another former and one current executive at the company for "seriously violating the law."
Volkswagen's luxury brand Audi and other foreign brands including Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler have been under investigation in China over their pricing practices as Beijing steps up enforcement of its anti-monopoly laws.
Earlier this month, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's price regulator, said it would punish Audi and Chrysler for monopoly practices.
It was not immediately clear if the two probes were related.
Officials at FAW could not be reached for comment. Li Pengcheng, a spokesman for FAW-Volkswagen, said he "does not know" anything about the investigation and referred all queries to FAW.