Shen Weichen

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Shen Weichen
申维辰
Communist Party Group Secretary of China Association for Science and Technology
In office
April 2013 – April 2014
President Han Qide
Concurrent post Executive Vice Chairman
Deputy Head of the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China
In office
September 2010 – April 2013
Head Liu Yunshan
Communist Party Secretary of Taiyuan
In office
January 2006 – September 2010
Preceded by Yun Gongmin
Succeeded by Chen Chuanping
Director of the Shanxi Provincial Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China
In office
September 2000 – January 2006
Communist Party Secretary of Jinzhong
In office
May 2000 – September 2000
Succeeded by Liu Junqian
Personal details
Born (1956-05-12) May 12, 1956 (age 62)
Lucheng, Shanxi
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
(expelled)
Residence Beijing
Alma mater Shanxi University
Occupation Politician
Profession Telephone operator
Politician

Shen Weichen (Chinese: 申维辰; pinyin: Shēn Wéichén; born May 12, 1956) is a former Chinese politician from Shanxi province.[1] During his career he served as the Communist Party Secretary of the city of Jinzhong in Shanxi province, the director of propaganda of Shanxi province, and the Party Secretary of Taiyuan, the provincial capital. In September 2010 Shen was transferred to work for the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party under Liu Yunshan.

After the 18th Party Congress, Shen became a leading figure in the China Association for Science and Technology. He was removed from office in April 2014 by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI); Shen himself was a member of the CCDI. His downfall was notable for the CCDI investigating 'one of their own.' He was sentenced to life in prison in 2016.[2]

Career

Shen was born and raised in Lucheng County, Shanxi province.[1][2] Shen entered Shanxi University in April 1972, majoring in physical education, where he graduated in December 1975.[1][2]

Shen became involved in politics in August 1969 and joined the Communist Party of China in January 1979.[1][2]

Shen rose through the ranks to become the CPC Party Secretary of Jinzhong in May 2000.[1][2] That same year, he was elevated to head the Shanxi Provincial Propaganda Department of the Communist Party.[1][2]

In January 2006, Shen was transferred to Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, and he was appointed the Party Secretary of Taiyuan, a position he held until September 2010.[1] According to Chinese-language media, locals appraisal of Shen's time at the helm of the provincial capital was summed up with the line, "he sold a lot of land, filmed a tv show, and slept with a bunch of women."[3] Shen was allegedly involved in a relationship with a prominent singer from Shanxi province (she was not named in reports). The province's richest man, Zhang Xinming, was reported to have given 5 million yuan (~$812,000) to one of the singer's concerts in order to curry favour with Shen.[3]

In September 2010, Shen was transferred to Beijing and appointed the Deputy Director of the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party of China, working as the assistant to then-Director Liu Yunshan. He remained in that position until April 2013, when he was promoted to become the Party Group Secretary of China Association for Science and Technology, the largest civic organization overseeing work in science and technology in China with a membership of over 430,000.[4] At the 18th Party Congress Shen was also elected as a member of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

In February 2014, Shen's former colleague Jin Daoming, then the Vice-Chairman of the Shanxi Provincial People's Congress, was held for investigation. It was reported that Jin gave evidence that implicated Shen in corruption.[3] On April 12, 2014, Shen was being investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China for "serious violations of laws and regulations". Shen is the first provincial-ministerial official to be implicated in 2014 as part of the massive anti-corruption campaign following the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. He was also the first member of the 18th CCDI itself that was investigated for corruption.[2]

In December 2014, Shen was expelled from the Communist Party of China. The party investigation concluded that Shen "abused his power for the illicit gain of others, took massive bribes, received gifts of cash, and committed adultery." His case was forwarded to judicial authorities for prosecution.[5] Shen was sentenced for life in prison for bribery on October 11, 2016.[6]

Personal life

Shen spent much of his career in sports administration, and excelled at sports. He was known to be warm, good-looking, and extraordinarily talkative, often giving lengthy speeches at meetings. Shen is 190 centimetres (6 ft 3 in) tall. Shen was fond of Shanxi history, and was instrumental in planning and filming the 2006 television series Qiao's Grand Courtyard, as well as the series Eighth Route Army and Luliang Heroes (吕梁英雄).[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g 中国科协党组书记申维辰被调查 履新不足一年 . 163.com (in Chinese). 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 中国科协党组书记、常务副主席申维辰被调查 . iFeng (in Chinese). 12 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c 曝申维辰落马内幕:卖了许多地 睡了一群女人 . 163.com. April 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Deputy Minister Of The Propaganda Department Of The Central Committee Of The CPC Shen Weichen Gives Research Guidance in Tianzhushan". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. 
  5. ^ 中国科协原党组书记申维辰被双开 与他人通奸 . iFeng (in Chinese). December 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ 中科协原党组书记申维辰受贿9500万 一审被判无期 . Xinhuanet.com (in Chinese). October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ 申维辰山西往事 . Yicai.com (in Chinese). 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Yun Gongmin (云公民)
Communist Party Secretary of Taiyuan
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Chen Chuanping
Preceded by
Hou Wujie (侯伍杰)
Director of Shanxi Provincial CPC Committee Propaganda Department
2000–2006
Succeeded by
Yun Gongmin (云公民)
Preceded by
Communist Party Secretary of Jinzhong
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Liu Junqian (刘俊谦)
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