Wang Qishan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wang.
Wang Qishan
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Wang Qishan (2011)
Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Deputy Zhao Hongzhu
Preceded by He Guoqiang
Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
In office
March 2008 – March 2013
Serving with Li Keqiang
Hui Liangyu, Zhang Dejiang
Premier Wen Jiabao
Portfolio Finance, Commerce, others
Ranking 4th
Mayor of Beijing
In office
April 2003 – November 2007
Party Secretary Liu Qi
Preceded by Meng Xuenong
Succeeded by Guo Jinlong
Personal details
Born (1948-07-01) July 1, 1948 (age 66)
Qingdao, Shandong
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Northwest University

Wang Qishan (Chinese: 王岐山; pinyin: Wáng Qíshān; born 1 July 1948) is a senior leader of the Communist Party of China. Since 2012 he has been a member of the seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, China's highest decision making body. He concurrently serves as Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and has emerged as the public face of General Secretary Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign since 2013.

Wang gained prominence in China's financial sector in the late 1980s. In 1994 Wang became the Governor of the China Construction Bank. Wang then successively served in three regional roles: Vice-Governor of Guangdong, Party Secretary of Hainan, and Mayor of Beijing. Wang then served as Vice-Premier in charge of finance and commercial affairs under premier Wen Jiabao from March 2008 to March 2013, during which he also gained a seat on the party's Politburo.

Life and career[edit]

Wang Qishan was born in Qingdao, Shandong, but his ancestral hometown is considered Tianzhen, Shanxi. Wang graduated from the History Department of Northwest University in 1976. Wang was the Governor of the China Construction Bank from 1994 to 1997. He first took over from Meng Xuenong when SARS struck Beijing in spring 2003, at which time he was the Party Secretary in Hainan, and was confirmed as mayor in early 2004. From 2004-2007, Wang served as the Mayor of Beijing. He is known to be frank and responsible. In a recent "City Management Radio" programme, listeners were astonished to hear the mayor apologize.[citation needed] In 2007, he became a member of the Politburo of the 17th CPC Central Committee, a member of the 17th CPC Central Committee and in 2008 he became Vice Premier of the State Council.

In 2009, Wang was appointed by China's leader Hu Jintao as his special representative to chair the Economic Track of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue for the Chinese side.

Wang was named as one of the most influential people in the world in the 2009 Time 100 list.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Wang is married to Yao Minshan, daughter of former vice-premier Yao Yilin.[2] He is considered a "princeling" through his marriage.[3]

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson said that Wang is "decisive and inquisitive" and "an avid historian, enjoys philosophical debates and has a wicked sense of humor." Paulson writes, "He is a Chinese patriot, but he understands the U.S. and knows that each of our two countries benefits from the other's economic success. And he is bold — he takes on challenges, does things that have never been done before and succeeds. Wang managed the largest bankruptcy restructuring in China's history in 1998 and thereby prevented a banking crisis that could have crippled the country's growth."[1]


  1. ^ a b "Wang Qishan" by Hank Paulson
  2. ^ "Profiles: China's new leaders". BBC News. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Allen T. Cheng and Li Yanping (3 February 2008). "China May Tap `Princeling' Wang for Top Economic Policy Post". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Bai Keming
Secretary of the CPC Hainan Committee
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
Wang Xiaofeng
Preceded by
He Guoqiang
Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
since 2012
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Bai Keming
Chairman of Hainan People's Congress
Succeeded by
Wang Xiaofeng
Preceded by
Meng Xuenong
Mayor of Beijing
2003 – 2007
Succeeded by
Guo Jinlong