Liaoning 辽宁 province witnessed several changes in personnel on Feb. 25. In recent years, several Chinese Communist Party high ranking officials in this province have been targeted as part of Xi’s anti-corruption campaign.
Liaoning has been a long-standing stronghold of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s former leader Jiang Zemin faction. Jiang Zemin 江泽民 faction and Xi Jinping 习近平 faction are two major opposing factions within the CCP.
In detail, Wu Guodan 记吴国丹, a member of the Standing Committee of the Panjin Municipal Committee and secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of Liaoning Province; Zhang Zhonglong 张忠龙, former vice mayor of Jinzhou City; and Du Benwei 都本伟, former mayor of Huludao, were all sacked.
Wu Guodan, 57, is under investigation. He has served in many high-ranking positions in Liaoning officialdom before working as secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of Liaoning Province in July 2016.
In addition, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) repeatedly named Wu. Accordingly, WOIPFG issued the “Notice on Investigating the Person Responsible for the Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioner Zhang Shude in Panjin City, Liaoning Province” on May 18th, 2018.
WOIPFG stated that Zhang was secretly persecuted. Wu Guodan, as the Panjin City Political and Legal Committee’s secretary, was one of the main responsible units and perpetrators involved in this persecution.
On the same day, Zhang Zhonglong, Jinzhou 锦州 City’s former vice mayor, was also investigated for allegedly “serious disciplinary violations.”
Zhang, 57, has served several high-ranking positions in Jinzhou City, Liaoning before being in charge of deputy mayor of Jinzhou City and secretary of Beizhen Municipal Committee in January 2018.
Du Benwei, Huludao 葫芦岛’s former mayor, came as the third top-level official investigated on February 25th for allegedly “serious disciplinary violations.”
Du has served in many crucial senior positions in Liaoning, including deputy director of the Liaoning Provincial Department of Education, and deputy secretary-general of the Liaoning Provincial Government. He has worked as secretary of the party committee of Northeast University of Finance and Economics since March 2011.
Jiang Zemin faction’s high-ranking officials that used to work in Liaoning and are already sentenced to life prison include Li Changchun 李长春, Zhou Yongkang 周永康, Bo Xilai 薄熙来, Xu Caihou 徐才厚, Wang Min 王珉, Chen Zhenggao 陈政高, etc.
Other high-ranking officials that have fallen for corruption in Liaoning province, include: Wang Min, former secretary of the Liaoning provincial Party committee; Su Hongzhang 苏宏章, former member of the Standing Committee of the Liaoning provincial party committee and former secretary of the political and legal committee; Wang Yang 王阳 and Zheng Yuzhuo 郑玉焯, former deputy directors of the Standing Committee of the Liaoning provincial People’s Congress; and Liu Qiang 刘强, vice governor of Liaoning province.