Wei Hong

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wei.
Wei Hong
魏宏
Governor of Sichuan
In office
January 2013 – January 2016
Preceded by Jiang Jufeng
Succeeded by Yin Li
Personal details
Born May 1954 (age 62)
Yinan County, Shandong, China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Changsha Railway Force College

Wei Hong (Chinese: 魏宏; born May 1954) is a Chinese politician who served as the Governor of Sichuan province between 2013 and 2016. Prior to his assuming the post of governor, he served as vice governor and head of the party Organization Department in Sichuan province. He resigned as governor in 2016 following a party investigation into his conduct.

Rise to power[edit]

Wei Hong was born in Yinan County, Shandong province.[1] He served in the railway force of the People's Liberation Army from November 1970 to March 1978 and joined the Communist Party of China in June 1973. From 1978 to 1979 he studied at the Changsha Railway Force College in Hunan province.[1] He studied economics at the graduate school of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics from 1996 to 1998.[1]

Starting in 1982 Wei worked in Sichuan province; he became a political operative in 1986, joining the provincial party Organization Department. In 1997, he became deputy head of the provincial organization department, and then became the Communist Party Chief of Ya'an prefecture from 2000 to 2002, during which Zhou Yongkang served as leader of the party in Sichuan. In September 2002, he became the head of the Organization Department of Sichuan province, and then joined the provincial Party Standing Committee several months later. During his tenure at the Organization Department, he promoted Zhou Yongkang associate Li Chongxi, and also introduced then aspiring female local politician Li Jia to Zhou; Li was later promoted to party chief of Ziyang. Zhou, who had by then ascended to the highest echelons of power in Beijing, was said to be fond of Wei, inviting him out to dinner when the latter was in Beijing.[2] Wei was named executive deputy governor of Sichuan province in May 2007.[1]

Surprisingly, however, Wei's name did not appear on the 2012 list of the provincial Standing Committee, but he held onto the post of vice governor. As then-Governor Jiang Jufeng approached retirement age, speculation placed then-deputy provincial party chief and Zhou Yongkang associate Li Chuncheng and Chengdu party chief Huang Xinchu as the likely successors of Jiang; however, Li was placed under investigation for corruption shortly following the 18th Party Congress. Wei and Li were said to have both coveted the governorship; when Li was sacked, Wei became the unwitting beneficiary. As the Sichuan political scene fell into disarray, Wei, who was neither a member nor an alternate member of the Central Committee,[3] nor even a member of the provincial standing committee, emerged as a serious contender.[4]

Governorship[edit]

In January 2013, Wei Hong succeeded Jiang as Governor of Sichuan.[1][5] In 2015, Wei was curiously not part of the entourage of Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States; the president's important visits abroad are usually accompanied by some provincial government leaders. Sichuan was represented, unusually, by the provincial party chief Wang Dongming, sparking rumours that Wei may have been under investigation. For much of December 2015, Wei was observed to be absent in important provincial leadership meetings. On 15 January 2016, Wu Yuliang, Deputy Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, disclosed under heavy questioning that Wei Hong was under investigation for "breaching discipline" and that Wei was spending some time "thinking and reflecting".[6]

On January 22, 2016, Wei resigned the post of the governor of Sichuan, the second sitting provincial governor to have fallen to the axe of the anti-corruption campaign under Xi Jinping.[7] On February 4, 2016, the CCDI announced Wei was removed from all posts and demoted to deputy department-level (futingji). In the investigation report, Wei was said to have dishonoured the party, did not "treasure chances at re-education", and "violated political, organizational and work discipline." He was nonetheless still referred to as "comrade" and did not lose his party membership.[8]

Family[edit]

Wei's wife, Gui Jianmei (桂建梅), was an official in Qingyang District, Chengdu. In January 2016, she left her post as CPPCC Party secretary of Qingyang District, a signal that she had been implicated by her husband's investigation.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 魏宏同志简历 [Biography of Wei Hong] (in Chinese). News of the Communist Party of China. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  2. ^ "反省思过难过关 魏宏请辞四川省长了事". January 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ "31省份中央委员及候补委员分布一览". Caixin. March 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "党政主官"大换位" 四川政坛迷雾又起". September 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ 魏宏任四川省委副书记、代省长 蒋巨峰辞去省长职务. Sichuan News (in Chinese). 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  6. ^ 中央纪委证实:四川省省长魏宏涉嫌严重违纪正在反省思过 (in Chinese). Xinhua. 15 January 2016. 
  7. ^ 尹力任四川省代省长 原省长魏宏辞职 (in Chinese). Sichuan Daily. 22 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "四川省原省长魏宏受到撤销党内职务、行政撤职处分". 中国共产党新闻网. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  9. ^ "四川原省长魏宏之妻卸任成都青羊区政协党组书记". sohu.com. Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jiang Jufeng
Governor of Sichuan
2013 – 2016
Succeeded by
Yin Li
Preceded by
Jiang Jufeng
Executive Vice Governor of Sichuan
2007 – 2013
Succeeded by
Zhong Mian