[Epoch Times, June 24, 2022]The Minister of the Ministry of Public Security of the Communist Party of China has been replaced, and Zhao Kezhi will be replaced by Wang Xiaohong. Wang Xiaohong officially ascended the throne, and is considered to be Xi Jinping’s grip on the “knife handle”.
On the afternoon of June 24, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the Communist Party of China announced a number of appointments and removals. Among them, Zhao Kezhi, Minister of Public Security, was removed from office and replaced by Wang Xiaohong.
The list of appointments and removals issued at the same time also includes:
Remove Chen Xiaojiang from the post of director of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission and appoint Pan Yue as the director of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission;
Remove Zhang Jinan as Minister of Human Resources and Social Security and appoint Zhou Zuyi as Minister of Human Resources and Social Security;
Remove Lu Hao as Minister of Natural Resources and appoint Wang Guanghua as Minister of Natural Resources;
Appointed Ni Hong as Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development; removed Sun Shaocheng as Minister of Veterans Affairs; appointed Pei Jinjia as Minister of Veterans Affairs.
One of the most noteworthy is the appointment of Wang Xiaohong.
In November last year, Wang Xiaohong was promoted to Secretary of the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security of the Communist Party of China. The outside world speculated that he would soon take over as the minister, but there was no news after half a year.
According to public information, Wang Xiaohong was born in Fuzhou, Fujian in 1957. He worked in Fujian in the early days. In 2013, he was transferred to the assistant governor of the Henan provincial government and the director of the provincial public security department. In 2014, he was promoted to the vice governor of Henan Province. In March 2015, Wang Xiaohong was transferred to be the Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Secretary of the Party Committee and Director of the Municipal Public Security Bureau, and in 2016, he was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Public Security. Wang Xiaohong is widely recognized as Xi Jinping’s henchman. When Xi was the secretary of the Fuzhou Municipal Party Committee in the 1990s, Wang Xiaohong was in charge of Xi’s security.
By convention, the Minister of Public Security of the Communist Party of China will serve as the State Councilor, and will also serve as the deputy head of the Central Leading Group for Hong Kong and Macao Work, intervening in Hong Kong and Macao affairs. Zhao Kezhi, who has stepped down as Minister of Public Security, is currently a State Councilor, Deputy Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Committee, and Deputy Head of the Central Leading Group for Hong Kong and Macao Work.
The CCP has “guns” and “knives”. The former is the army, and the latter is the political and legal team headed by the police. Xi Jinping has been in power for 10 years, and the “knives and handles” that have been purged for 10 years. In the past few years, it was mainly the Zhou Yongkang Group, and in the last two years, it was Sun Lijun’s “political gang.”
Zhao Yuanming, a former lecturer at the Law Department of China Public Security University, told The Epoch Times in November last year that Xi Jinping needs to take control of the entire public security system in order to keep himself re-elected at the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In recent years, Xi has been purging continuously until Wang Xiaohong was replaced, and he achieved his goal of completely mastering the entire public security system.
Wang Xiaohong also serves as the director of the Secret Service Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security of the Communist Party of China. The safety of these people is also in the hands of Xi Jinping.
The public security system has always been on the front line of the CCP’s persecution of human rights. Both Sun Lijun and Fu Zhenghua who have been sacked, Zhao Kezhi who has taken over, and Wang Xiaohong, the current Secretary of the Party Committee and Minister of the Ministry of Public Security, have all been included in the tracking list of the “International Organization for Investigating the Persecution of Falun Gong”.
Responsible editor: Ning Feng#