Wang Rong (politician)

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Wang Rong
王荣
Chairman of the Guangdong People's Political Consultative Conference
Assumed office
February 10, 2015
Preceded by Zhu Mingguo
Communist Party Secretary of Shenzhen
In office
April 10, 2010 – March 26, 2015
Deputy Xu Qin (mayor)
Preceded by Liu Yupu (刘玉浦)
Succeeded by Ma Xingrui
Communist Party Secretary of Suzhou
In office
October 2004 – August 2009
Preceded by Wang Min
Succeeded by Jiang Hongkun
Communist Party Secretary of Wuxi
In office
February 2003 – November 2004
Preceded by Jiang Dingzhi
Succeeded by Yang Weize
Personal details
Born April 1958 (age 60)
Binhai County, Jiangsu, China
Political party Communist Party of China

Wang Rong (simplified Chinese: 王荣; traditional Chinese: 王榮; pinyin: Wáng Róng; born April 1958) is a Chinese politician who has served in prominent regional posts in Jiangsu and Guangdong provinces. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Guangdong People's Political Consultative Conference, a mostly ceremonial political advisory body.

Wang spent much of his career in his native Jiangsu province. He has an academic background in the field of agriculture. He served successively as the party chief of the cities of Wuxi and Suzhou in Jiangsu, before being transferred in 2010 to serve as acting mayor, then Party Secretary of Shenzhen, a position he served in until 2015. Wang was an alternate member of the 17th and 18th Central Committees of the Communist Party.

Career

Early life and academic career

Born in 1958 in Binhai County, in northern Jiangsu province, Wang worked in a rural commune in the latter years of the Cultural Revolution. He joined the Communist Party in 1976, the year Mao died. He became part of the first batch of students to return to school after China's higher education system was dismantled as part of the Cultural Revolution.[1]

Wang spent much of his earlier career in academia. He enrolled in Nanjing Agricultural College and earned a degree in agriculture and economic management in 1982. He continued his studies for the next six years, earning a master's, then a doctorate in his field. By 1989, he became a lecturer at the university, and then an associate dean in the economics and trade school. He then became assistant to the school's president. In 1991 he earned the opportunity to study abroad at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. In 1992 he returned to China and served as the chief administrator for the university's president, before becoming Vice President of the University.[1]

Jiangsu

Wang entered the Jiangsu provincial government in the late 1990s. At the turn of the century, Wang received a series of quick promotions to progressively senior positions. After serving a two-year tenure in the Agricultural Science Institute of Jiangsu, Wang went on to become deputy director of the provincial department of agriculture. In 2000, ostensibly due to his academic background, he was transferred to head the provincial department of education. In 2001, he was again transferred, this time to take on the post of acting Mayor of Wuxi; he was formally elected mayor in 2002. In 2003, he was again promoted to become the city's Communist Party Secretary, which was, in reality, the city's top political office. By 2004, only four years since serving as deputy director of the department of agriculture, he earned a seat on the provincial Party Standing Committee, the province's top decision making body, joining the inner circle of the Jiangsu political elite and becoming one of the province's top-ranked politicians.[1]

Guangdong

In June 2009, Wang left his native Jiangsu province to take on the office of the acting Mayor of Shenzhen, a metropolis next to Hong Kong and known to be China's most successful Special Economic Zone. Wang replaced Xu Zongheng, who was dismissed for corruption.[2][3] He was quickly promoted to party chief the next year, and also earned a spot on the Guangdong provincial Party Standing Committee, serving under party chief Wang Yang.[4] Shenzhen's political landscape experienced rapid changes as a result of President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign, culminating in the abrupt dismissal of Jiang Zunyu, the city's former Political and Legal Affairs Commission Secretary.[5]

In late 2014, rumours that Wang was "in trouble" circulated widely, largely due to speculation that the Guangdong political scene was due for a 'reshuffle' following the abrupt dismissal of Wan Qingliang, a once-popular Cantonese politician who was serving as party chief of the provincial capital Guangzhou. Various media outlets speculated that Wang would be transferred out of his job in Shenzhen for a lower-profile position in the Ministry of Education or in Anhui province, or be given a ceremonial role so he could keep his rank and benefits but be removed from a position of actual political power.[6]

In February 2015, Wang was elected the Chairman of the Guangdong provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a largely ceremonial legislative consultation body. He replaced Zhu Mingguo, a former top provincial official who, like Wang's Shenzhen mayoral predecessor Xu Zongheng, had also been dismissed for corruption. Even though this was technically a promotion as it made Wang an official with full provincial-ministerial rank, many observers characterized the move as having transferred Wang away from the political centre stage. Leading positions in the CPPCC in Chinese provinces are largely seen as so-called "political retirement home", bestowed to officials of advanced age as an honour for their service in government but considered to be largely a position without actual political power.[7] At the same time, Wang became dogged by corruption rumours as the media speculated that Wang was actually being 'deposed' as part of a wider anti-corruption campaign targeting associates of ex-President Jiang Zemin.[8] When Wang formally stepped down as Shenzhen party chief at a meeting of the municipal leadership on March 28, news footage showed tears in Wang's eyes as well as awkwardness and pessimism about Wang's expression. He was replaced by Ma Xingrui.[8]

Family

According to numerous Chinese-language media outlets, Wang is the nephew of Wang Yeping, wife of former President and General Secretary Jiang Zemin,[5] although some political insiders from Shenzhen have dismissed this as a baseless rumour.[8] Nevertheless, he was widely considered to be a protege of Jiang, who is also from Jiangsu province.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c "深圳市委书记王荣增补为广东省政协委员(简历)". Ce.cn. February 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wang as new Shenzhen mayor
  3. ^ Xinhua China News Digest at 11:00 GMT, June 12
  4. ^ "深圳代市长王荣任市委书记 刘玉浦不再担任". People.cn. April 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "江泽民妻侄兵败深圳 王荣接班朱明国底定". Duowei News. February 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "江泽民妻侄调职有新说 被贬已成定局?". Duowei News. January 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "江泽民内侄王荣去职话别 轻松淡定入"冷宫"(图)". Wenxuecity. February 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c "深圳强震前兆?黑马突围辟蹊径 王荣含泪离任(图)". Duowei. Wenxuecity. March 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "抛开江泽民影响 港媒"另眼"看王荣". Duowei News. February 12, 2015. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Liu Yupu (刘玉浦)
Communist Party Secretary of Shenzhen
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Ma Xingrui
Preceded by
Wang Min
Communist Party Secretary of Suzhou
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Jiang Hongkun
Preceded by
Jiang Dingzhi
Communist Party Secretary of Wuxi
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Yang Weize
Political offices
Preceded by
Wu Xinxiong
Mayor of Wuxi
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Mao Xiaoping
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