Friday, February 21, 2014

Promoted from the Roof of the World

Yang Xiaodu
Last year, I posted a list of "Chinese who matter in Tibetan Affairs".
Most of these Communist cadres, after a posting to Tibet, have received a promotion and have been 'kicked up' in plum posts in Beijing.
The latest is Yang Xiaodu.
Last month, only one appointment was made at the annual meeting of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China in Beijing.
The Commission is headed by its Secretary, Wang Qishan, a member all-powerful of the Politburo Standing Committee and close collaborator of Xi Jinping in his campaign against corruption.
The Commission has eight powerful Deputy Secretaries, whose position is more or less equal to a Politburo seat in terms of political clout.
During the recent meeting of the Commission, one of the Deputy Secretaries, Wang Wei, was transferred and posted as the Executive Office of the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee, which works under the State Council. Wang was replaced by Yang Xiaodu, a 60 year old cadre who belongs to the 'gang' of officials who spent many years in Tibet before being promoted in Beijing.
Before joining the Disciple Inspection Commission, Yang was a member of the Party Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipality as well as the Municipality's Deputy Mayor, looking after the United Front Department.
Born in 1953 in Shanghai, Yang joined the Communist Party in 1973.
Yang Xiaodu spent most of his career in Tibet. He served 24 years in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) from 1977 to 2001, respectively under Party Secretaries Ren Rong, Yin Fatang, Wu Jinghua, Hu Jintao, Chen Kueiyuan and Guo Jinlong (now Politburo member).
Yang also held senior positions in Nagchu and Chamdo before being promoted Deputy Governor of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Till Yang joined the Discipline Inspection Commission, it had no member of the ‘Tibet Gang’ as I call those cadres who served in Tibet before being sent back to Beijing on promotion.
In 2012, Yang became a member of 18th Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Will he look into the corruption of some Chinese (and Tibetan) cadres in the Tibetan Autonomous Region?

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