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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. 

Mayor says capital needs more culture

A lack of social amenities highlighted ahead of Olympics

Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan lamented the lack of culture in the national capital yesterday and argued for greater social amenities in the city that will host the 2008 Olympic Games.

Wednesday, 8 March, 2006, 12:00am

Mayor lines up all the 8s in hopes of a great Games

Beijing has chosen the lucky number 8 for the start of the Olympic Games, setting the clock at 8pm on August 8, 2008, or 8/08/08/08 for the opening ceremony, city mayor Wang Qishan said yesterday.

6 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Creativity gone wild

Writing to China's premier can have powerful repercussions. In early June, 11 experts in architecture penned a joint letter to Wen Jiabao criticising Beijing's overblown Olympic construction plans.

31 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Compound problem

Beijing's maddening traffic jams have many causes typical of a developing country's capital; a sudden surge in the number of vehicles, poor road signs, official motorcades, and the like. Adding to the list in Beijing are the ubiquitous 'big compounds', which block through traffic and force people to make detours.

8 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Pioneering survey gives the people a voice

Public opinion is being given more importance, experts say

The publication of the only public opinion survey on the performance of mainland politicians is a sign the authorities are beginning to take a greater interest in what the people think, commentators say.

21 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Gitic demise seen marking end of era

The historical mission of window companies of mainland government agencies has come to an end and the firms have to rely on their own credit standing to raise funds, according to Guangdong executive vice-governor Wang Qishan.

His remarks came at a meeting yesterday with consulates-general from 16 countries in Guangzhou.

12 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Language priority aim for new chief

Newly-elected Guangdong Executive Vice-Governor Wang Qishan yesterday said his first mission would be to learn Cantonese.

The former Beijing banker confidently brushed aside suggestions he may find it hard to adjust to life in Guangdong.

But he was concerned about the language gap and the distance it could put between him and the local population.

19 Jan 1998 - 12:00am