According to the indictment, Xiang took advantage of his position to gain benefits for enterprises or individuals, then accepted huge bribes either paid in cash or property.
The 33-year-old Australian is actually a student in international relations completing his PhD through Griffith University. He came to Beijing for a cooperative research at Peking University less than two years ago. Such an academic life was just added color with a chance offered by the cultural exchanges project, "I'm in China".
Three former minister-level officials have been charged with bribery, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said on Monday.
Yu Haiyan, former vice-governor of Gansu province, was also accused of bribery by the Chongqing Municipal People's Procuratorate No 1 Branch.
The agency, which is affiliated with the State Council, incorporates foreign aid-related missions previously undertaken by the Ministry of Commerce and the Foreign Ministry.
On Sunday, Premier Li Keqiang also exchanged New Year greetings with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.