[Epoch Times, November 23, 2021]Wang Xiaohong, the Deputy Minister of Public Security of the Communist Party of China, who is regarded as Xi Jinping’s close friend, recently replaced Zhao Kezhi, who is nearly 68 years old, as the party secretary of the Ministry of Public Security. He was accused of or breaking two major conventions. Some analysts believe that Wang Xiaohong may take over as Minister of Public Security next month and be promoted to deputy national level ahead of schedule.
Hong Kong’s “Ming Pao” published an article on November 23, saying that Wang Xiaohong will take over as Minister of Public Security at the NPC Standing Committee meeting next month as soon as possible. Since the Minister of Public Security is generally served concurrently by a member of the State Councilor and even a member of the Politburo, Wang Xiaohong has crossed the threshold of a deputy state leader with one foot, making him the first person to be promoted to the deputy state level in the personnel changes of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. It is also a matter of concern whether he will take over the leadership of the Central Political and Legal Committee after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China next year.
After Wang Xiaohong was promoted to secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security on November 19, information on the official website of the Ministry of Public Security the next day showed that he added the title of “Member of the Central Political and Legal Committee.”
Wang Xiaohong’s promotion was accused of breaking two conventions. According to Ming Pao, in recent decades, ministers of public security have been promoted by local officials, and Wang Xiaohong broke this convention. Another convention that Wang Xiaohong broke was that in recent decades, the Minister of Public Security was replaced after the party congress, and Wang Xiaohongruo took over as Minister of Public Security in December, nearly a year before the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Wang Xiaohong is a native of Fuzhou, Fujian. As early as in the 1990s, when Xi Jinping was the secretary of the Fuzhou Municipal Party Committee, Wang successively served as the deputy director and director of the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau, responsible for Xi’s safety and security.
The above-mentioned article by Hong Kong media believes that Wang Xiaohong’s promotion was for retaining the position of the Central Committee of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. However, it is not ruled out that paving the way for further advancement of the 20th National Congress.
It is reported that within the Communist Party of China, it has become a common practice for the Minister of Public Security to succeed the secretary of the Central Political and Legal Committee. For example, Zhou Yongkang took over Luo Gan, Meng Jianzhu took Zhou Yongkang, and Guo Shengkun took Meng Jianzhu. However, the current Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi is older than Guo Shengkun, and both of them may retire, which may cause Wang Xiaohong to skip two levels in a row.
Zeng Qinghong, former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, is from Jiangxi. Ming Pao reported that the political and legal system of the Chinese Communist Party was once the territory of Jiangxi people. Under Zeng Qinghong’s promotion, Meng Jianzhu, the former secretary of Jiangxi, and Guo Shengkun, the secretary of Guangxi from Jiangxi, were former ministers of public security, secretary of the Political and Legal Committee, and former secretary of the Central Political and Legal Committee. Long Wang Yongqing, the current vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
The Ministry of Public Security also has two senior officials at the deputy ministerial level from Jiangxi, the former Director of the Political Department Xia Chongyuan, who was investigated in October 2017. The former Assistant Minister of Public Security Nie Furu was transferred to the Director of the Political Department of the Ministry of National Security last year.
The Hong Kong media article mentioned that after repeated purges, most of the current leadership of the Ministry of Public Security are Wang Xiaohong’s personnel.
Among the five general deputy ministers of the Ministry of Public Security, Xu Ganlu and Lin Rui are Wang Xiaohong’s fellow Fujianese, and Xu Ganlu is also Wang Xiaohong’s successor to the Henan Provincial Public Security Department; among the seven party committee members, Lin Rui and the director of the Political Department Feng Yan , Vice Minister and Director of the First Bureau (Domestic Political Security Bureau) Chen Siyuan 3 people, respectively in Fujian, Henan, and Beijing Public Security are Wang Xiaohong’s subordinates; Deputy Ministers Du Hangwei, Liu Zhao and the Central Discipline Inspection Commission in the Ministry of Public Security Discipline Inspection and Supervision Team Leader Sun Xinyang3 People, or from Shaanxi, or have worked in Shaanxi for a long time.
Among them, Sun Xinyang and Xi Jinping are fellow townspeople in Fuping, Shaanxi. It is said that Sun and Xi Jinping’s late half-brother Xi Zhengning, although they are two generations, have a close relationship.
It is worth noting that both Meng Jianzhu and Guo Shengkun, who have served as Minister of Public Security and Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Committee, Zhao Kezhi, the current Minister of Public Security who will be handed over, and Wang Xiaohong, have all been listed for following the CCP’s Jiang Zemin Group’s persecution of Falun Gong. List of International Organizations for Tracing the Persecution of Falun Gong” (Waiting International).
Current political commentator Yue Shan’s article believes that no matter who is replaced by the struggle within the party, public security, as the CCP regime’s stability maintenance machine against Chinese society, has the same nature of persecuting human rights. On the day of the fall of the Communist Party of China, the public security department, where the persecution of human rights is at the forefront, will have many people to be liquidated.
Editor in charge: Ning Haizhong