abuse of power vs. abusing power

Allegro molto

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Hello

Mr. Zhou’s influence has also been a source of contention among elites. Last year, many observers said Mr. Zhou was overly protective of Bo Xilai, the former politician who was tried recently on charges of corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power in an effort to cover up his wife’s role in a murder.
(from Senior Chinese Official Falls Under Scrutiny as Some Point to Larger Inquiry, September 1, 2013, the New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/02/world/asia/senior-chinese-official-is-investigated-for-graft.html?pagewanted=2

Mr. Zhou’s influence has also been a source of contention among elites. Last year, many observers said Mr. Zhou was overly protective of Bo Xilai, the former politician who was tried recently on charges of corruption, embezzlement and abusing power in an effort to cover up his wife’s role in a murder.
(from a paper edition of the same article)

1. Do the phrases 'abuse of power' and 'abusing power' have the same meaning?
2. In what way does one use them properly?

Thank you
 
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