Cheng Weigao

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Cheng Weigao
程维高
Communist Party Secretary of Hebei
In office
January 1993 – October 1998
DeputyYe Liansong (Governor)
Preceded byXing Chongzhi
Succeeded byYe Liansong
Personal details
BornSeptember 1933
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
DiedDecember 28, 2010(aged 77)
Changzhou, Jiangsu, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China (expelled)
ChildrenMichael Ching Mo-yeung

Cheng Weigao (Chinese: 程维高; September 1933 – December 28, 2010) was a Chinese politician, best known for his term as the Communist Party Secretary of Hebei province between 1993 and 1998. Due to involvement in a corruption scandal in his late career, Cheng was expelled from the Communist Party of China in 2003, demoted, but not charged. He retreated to obscurity thereafter and died in 2010.

Biography[edit]

Cheng was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. He followed his parents to neighboring Changzhou in his teenage years. He entered the Communist Youth League organization in Changzhou in 1949, and joined the Communist Party of China about a year later. In 1959, he became a secretary to the deputy party chief of Chengdu. In 1965, he was named head of the tractor factory in Changzhou; in 1972, he was transferred to work at the Shanghuang Mine. In 1980 he was named deputy mayor of Changzhou, then in 1983 named party chief of Changzhou.

Cheng served as the Communist Party Secretary of Nanjing between February 1984 and July 1987, and became a member of the provincial Party Standing Committee. He was then Governor of Henan between 1988 and July 1990. Then he was transferred to become governor of Hebei, an office he held until January 1993, when he was promoted to Party Secretary of Hebei. He served as the provincial party chief until 1998, when he began serving as Chairman of the provincial People's Congress.

In January 2003, Cheng resigned as Chairman of the Hebei People's Congress and immediately headed back to Changzhou. He then lived in a mansion-complex named Yuyuan (愚园) for the remainder of his life. In August 2003, following an investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Cheng was expelled from the Communist Party of China for violating party discipline by aiding and abetting activities of his son and others. He was not charged with any criminal wrongdoing, but was demoted one level from full provincial status to sub-provincial level.[1] His death was mourned by some Changzhou residents.[2]

Until the corruption case of Hebei party chief Zhou Benshun in 2015, Cheng was the only Hebei party leader in history to have been accused of corruption-related offenses by the party's top disciplinary body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Son[edit]

Cheng's son Cheng Muyang (Michael Ching) went into exile in August 2000 shortly after his arrest warrant was issued by the Hebei procuratorate.[3] He lives in Vancouver and faces potential deportation from Canada due to the Chinese government launching an initiative to round up what it considers to be criminals who had escaped to foreign countries.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "起底程慕阳:靠空手套白狼起家 曾与女演员相恋". Sina. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  2. ^ "原河北省委书记程维高去世". Sina. 2010-12-30.
  3. ^ "河北前書記兒子 持港身份證潛逃加國". Apple Daily (Hong Kong).
  4. ^ "Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching, Vancouver developer, accused of embezzlement in China". CBC. May 2, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
He Zhukang
Governor of Henan
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Li Changchun
Preceded by
Yue Qifeng
Governor of Hebei
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Ye Liansong
Party political offices
Preceded by
Xing Chongzhi
Communist Party Secretary of Hebei
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Ye Liansong