Wang Qishan

Wang Qishan was born in Qingdao, Shandong in 1948, and graduated from the History Department of Northwest University in 1976. Wang was a deputy governor of China's central bank between 1993 and 1994, then president of China Construction Bank from 1994 to 1997. He was appointed acting mayor of Beijing when SARS struck the city in spring 2003,  and served as mayor until 2007. Known for his straight-talking style and financial management expertise, Wang was promoted to vice premier in 2008. He became a member of the Politburo Standing Committee during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012, as well as secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. 

Wang Qishan's most important mission to date: dousing the flames of corruption

When Wang Qishan was named head of the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency in late 2012.

When Wang Qishan was named head of the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency in late 2012 as part of a sweeping reshuffle of the top leadership, the announcement was greeted with dismay by some investors.

Monday, 8 September, 2014, 7:32am 2 comments

Anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan a fan of TV series House of Cards, report says

Wang Qishan

An article published yesterday quoted an unnamed source as saying that Wang mentioned the drama when meeting cadres from the Communist Party's disciplinary watchdog. The source said Wang highlighted the role of the "party whip" in ensuring party discipline in the legislature.

7 Dec 2013 - 3:07am 1 comment

Anti-graft teams cause stir as they prepare to fan out across China

Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

When the Communist Party's top anti-corruption agency announced this month that it was sending 10 "inspection teams" to provinces and state-owned enterprises, internet users and state media compared them to the envoys sent by emperors to check on local officials.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

People's Daily's imperial graft analogy draws criticism

Wang Qishan

A commentary in the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily yesterday that sought to draw inspiration from imperial institutions to tackle present-day corruption raised eyebrows and had many observers questioning prospects for political reform.

31 May 2013 - 6:11am 4 comments

Confusion after Phoenix retracts report on callback of officials' children

Wang Qishan urges officials to discard membership cards in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

The Hong Kong-based news website Phoenix has apologised to its readers and retracted a report that the offspring of mainland officials had been told to return to China within a year after completing their studies.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Surrender your private club VIP cards, China's anti-graft officials are told

Wang Qishan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party's top graft-buster has ordered thousands of anti-corruption officials across the mainland to surrender before June 20 any private club VIP cards they hold, state media reported. 

28 May 2013 - 12:07pm 3 comments

Graft buster Wang Qishan orders staff to ditch VIP cards

Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

China’s top anti-corruption official has demanded his staffers ditch their VIP cards as part of the country’s push to defeat graft.

27 May 2013 - 7:43pm

China has at least 1.18 million ready-to-flee 'naked officials', anti-corruption rant reveals

First published by Beijing Evening News (then deleted) yesterday, the figure attributed to Chinese Academy of Governance professor Zhu Lijia has been republished by Xinhua earlier today.

27 Feb 2013 - 11:03am

Work-related bribes expected to rise this year, report says

Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

Work-related graft will continue to grow this year after surging last year, the mainland's leading think tank said in an annual report released on Monday, urging the new leadership to immediately launch institutional reforms to root out a culture of corruption.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:37am

Beijing bribery cases up in 2012

Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

Zhang Guoying, director of the anti-corruption office of the Beijing Municipal Procuratorate, told the Beijing People's Congress yesterday that municipal prosecutors had handed 1,883 graft cases involving 2,238 officials to legal authorities over the past five years, with 115 defendants being bureau-level officials, the Legal Evening News reported.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:33am

Tocqueville's advice on French revolution captures Chinese leaders' attention

Illustration: Henry Wong

The argument that revolutions occur in times of rising prosperity and growing inequality has caught the attention of China's leadership

22 Jan 2013 - 9:26am 1 comment

Obama eyes 'frank and fruitful' relations with China's new leaders

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Washington D.C. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama has told Vice-Premier Wang Qishan that he will seek to maintain "energetic, frank and fruitful" relations with China's new leadership, state media reported yesterday.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:37am

Who said it?

Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan (centre).

We have to come to terms with the fact that we have become interdependent and inseparable

Vice-Premier Wang Qishan on trade ties with the U.S.


It's very stress relieving. Some people crochet, some people shop, some people shoot guns

Chad Knox on shooting his semi-automatic rifle, the same weapon used in the Newtown massacre

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am

Talking Points

Vice-Premier Wang Qishan. Photo: Xinhua

Vice-premier in Washington for trade talks

17 Dec 2012 - 3:49am

Anti-corruption tsar hears calls for transparency

Wang Qishan (centre) speaks at a seminar held to solicit suggestions from the legal academic circle on enhancing supervision of cadres to prevent corruption and improving the party's working style in Beijing on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

China’s ruling elite should be forced to disclose their assets, according to proposals put to the new anti-corruption tsar, it was reported on Monday as news of another graft scandal broke.

Pressure on the Communist Party to combat corruption has intensified after a traumatic year marked by embarrassing revelations of top-level corruption and power abuse.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:04pm