2022: PRC Minister Xiao Yiqing Under Investigation

Wikipedia MIIT note: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the Chinese government, established in March 2008, is the state agency of the People’s Republic of China responsible for regulation and development of the postal service, Internet, wireless, broadcasting, communications, production of electronic and information goods, software industry and the promotion of the national knowledge economy.[1] 

Wikipedia Xiao Yiqing biographical note: Xiao Yaqing (born September 1959) is a Chinese engineer, business executive and politician, currently serving as Minister of Industry and Information Technology.[1] Previously he served as director of the State Administration for Market Regulation and State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.[2] He was an alternate member of the 17th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and a member of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party.

During General Secretary Xi Jinping’s decade he has stressed the importance of rooting out corruption wihin the Chinese Communist Party.

PRC Minister of Industry and Information Technology Xiao Yaqing. On July 28, 2022 the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that Xiao Yiqing is under investigation for suspected violations of Communist Party discipline and PRC law.

Heavyweight, Xiao Yaqing fell! Why Does the Official notification Still Call Him Comrade?

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Minister Xiao Yaqing Falls After Just Two Years

.China News Weekly July 29, 2022

On July 28, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and State Supervision Commission website released news that Comrade Xiao Yaqing, Secretary of the Party Group and Minister of Industry and Information Technology, is suspected of disciplinary violations and is currently under review and investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and State Supervision.

Xiao Yaqing, 63, has also become the first minister in a PRC central state ministry to fall this year. His previous positions include General Manager of Aluminum Corporation of China, deputy secretary-general of the State Council, director of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, director of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration. Xiao became secretary of the party group of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology at the end of July 2020 and minister in August 2020.

Official Notification still Calls Him Comrade

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and State Supervision Commission website still refers to him as Comrade Xiao Yaqing in the short notice of his investigation. In addition, he is “suspected of disciplinary violations”, rather than “serious disciplinary violations”.

The official announcement in May 2019 was that Comrade Liu Shiyu, deputy secretary of the party group and director of the board of directors of the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, was suspected of violating discipline and law and took the initiative to surrender to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and State Supervision Commission for review and investigation.

In October of the same year, Liu Shiyu was given the punishment of two years’ probation, and was given the punishment of political dismissal by the State Supervisory Commission, demoted to the rank of first-class researcher, and the proceeds of his disciplinary offences were collected.

So what does the wording of the briefing about Xiao Yaqing mean? Peng Xinlin, an anti-corruption expert and professor and doctoral supervisor at Beijing Normal University Law School, told China Newsweek that generally during a review and investigation, people under investigation are referred to as comrades. Peng believes that the notification of “comrade” and “disciplinary violation” indicates that Xiao Yaqing’s problem likely will not be handled according to the fourth form, but most likely according to the third form. [Translator’s Note: a violation of Party discipline but not of PRC law.]

Article 7 of the “Regulations of the Communist Party of China on Internal Supervision” Article 7 stipulates that internal supervision must be take priority over discipline and that this should be handled according to the “Four Forms of Supervision and Discipline”:

The “Four Forms of Supervision and Discipline” “四种形态”are.

  1. Intra-party relations should be normalized, criticism and self-criticism should be carried out frequently, so that biting ears and pulling sleeves, red faces and sweating become the norm.
  2. Party discipline light punishment and organizational treatment to become the majority.
  3. Heavy punishment for serious violations of discipline, making major job adjustments. This should be reserved for a minority of cases.
  4. Serious violations of discipline suspected of violating the law are reviewed. This are only be a very small number of cases.

Not on the list of delegates Selected for the 20th Party Congress

On July 28, Xinhua News Agency released the news that on July 19, 2022 that 293 delegates were elected to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China by a meeting of representatives of the central and state organs of the Communist Party of China. Xiao Yaqing’s name was not seen in the list of delegates to the 20th National Congress released by the media. He was a delegate to the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th CPC Congresses.

In addition, as the Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Xiao Yaqing has been absent from several important events recently.

His most recent “appearance” on the MIIT website was at the beginning of July, when the 8th BRICS Communications Ministers’ Meeting was held by video on July 6, with Minister of Industry and Information Technology Xiao Yaqing presiding over the meeting.

The official website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released news on July 7, recently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Party Secretary, Minister Xiao Yaqing, for the Ministry of Party members and cadres to teach a special party class. He mentioned in the lecture, industry and information technology system party members and cadres, to uncompromisingly implement the Party Central Committee’s decision and deployment, to carry the historical responsibility for the development of manufacturing, and asked the Ministry of Party members and cadres to build a line of defense against corruption.

Earlier on June 30, the national industry and information technology system talent work teleconference was held in Beijing. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Party Secretary, Minister Xiao Yaqing attended the meeting and spoke.

Information shows that Xiao Yaqing, born in September 1959, Hebei Xinle, doctor of engineering, professor-level senior engineer, member of the 19th Central Committee, early in the South Central Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, after graduation to work in the Northeast Light Alloy Processing Plant, from the beginning of the engineer to the provincial and ministerial level high position.

His early work experience was mainly focused on state-owned enterprises, and he served as general manager of Northeast Light Alloy Co., Ltd, director of Southwest Aluminum Processing Plant, chairman and general manager of Southwest Aluminum (Group) Co. Seven years later, in January 2016 Xiao Yaqing transferred to the State Council SASAC Director, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, in May 2019 as Director General of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Management, Secretary of the Party Group, a year and two months later, at the end of July 2020 he was transferred to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to serve as minister and has now been fallen.

“I think the accumulation of small things is a big thing.”

Xiao Yaqing’s career, several points are worthy of attention. In 2004 after taking charge of the Chalco headquarters, he led a series of Chalco mergers and acquisitions, during his tenure Chalco in 2008 into the world’s top 500.

A former employee at Chalco’s headquarters once told the media that Xiao Yaqing is “detail-oriented, has a high emotional intelligence and is cautious and low-key”. When Xiao meets with guests, he often thinks of and asks about details such as conference room lighting, air conditioning and even what tie to wear.

In this regard, Xiao Yaqing himself is very willing to speak up about. He has said, “I think the accumulation of small things is a very important. There are all sorts of problems in the details. That just happens all the time. Today we say that it is the details that determine success or failure. If the matters right in front of us cannot be managed well, that how could a large company ever be managed well?”

In 2016, Xiao Yaqing took up his new post as director of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, turning from a former operator of state-owned enterprises into a regulator of state-owned assets. During this period, he pushed a number of reform initiatives, including leading a number of central enterprise restructuring and production capacity reduction programs.

In May 2021, the website of the State Supervision Commission and the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection published an article titled “Removal of Parasites from State Assets Management”《国资除蠹》[Translator’s note: See this 2021 article Google machine-translated as “State-owned Assets Exterminator”], in which the directors of 11 provincial State Assets Supervision Commissions were investigated and lost their posts in recent years. The article mentions that some state capital supervisors have taken their authority as “capital” for mad enrichment, and degenerated from being “gatekeepers” of state assets to being parasites feeding on state capital.

In May 2019, Xiao Yaqing became the director and party secretary of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Management. The General Administration is responsible for the comprehensive supervision and management of the market, regulate and maintain market order. It is also responsible for organizing the investigation and handling of major illegal cases, and for unified anti-monopoly enforcement.

In May 2020, the second inspection group of the Central Government inspected the party group of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration and held a mobilization meeting for its work. Xiao Yaqing said at the time, we must fully cooperate with the central inspection team to complete the inspection of this major political task, uncompromisingly implement the relevant provisions of the central inspection and work discipline, consciously accept political supervision, truthful reporting, comprehensive and objective reflection of the situation.

Two months after the inspection team was stationed, at the end of July 2020, Xiao Yaqing was transferred to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In August of the same year, the second inspection group of the central government gave feedback to the party group of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration on the inspection. The inspection group feedback said that the overall strict governance of the party responsibility had not been put in place, subordinate units and associations and societies were not under standardized management, bad bureaucratic style and other bureaucracy problems still exist. The Central Inpection audit found that the rectification and reforms to address these problems were inadequate.

At the same time, the inspection team also received a number of leading cadres reflecting the problem clues, has been transferred to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the State Supervision Commission, the Central Organization Department and other relevant parties in accordance with relevant provisions.


重磅,肖亚庆落马!为何官方通报仍称其为同志?

杭州网  发布时间:2022-07-29 07:11   

中国新闻周刊消息 执掌工信部刚刚两年的肖亚庆在任上落马

7月28日,中央纪委国家监委网站发布消息,工业和信息化部党组书记、部长肖亚庆同志涉嫌违纪违法,目前正在接受中央纪委国家监委审查调查。

63岁的肖亚庆也成为国家部委中今年首个落马的部长。他曾任中国铝业公司总经理、国务院副秘书长、国资委主任、国家市场监督管理总局局长,2020年7月底任工信部党组书记、8月任部长。

官方通报仍称同志

中央纪委国家监委网站在他被查的简短通报中,仍然称其为肖亚庆同志。此外,他“涉嫌违纪违法”,而非“严重违纪违法”。

如此通报措辞,之前也有过先例。2019年5月,官方通报,中华全国供销合作总社党组副书记、理事会主任刘士余同志涉嫌违纪违法,主动投案,配合中央纪委国家监委审查调查。

同年10月,刘士余被给予留党察看二年处分,由国家监委给予其政务撤职处分,降为一级调研员,收缴其违纪违法所得。

那么有关肖亚庆的通报措辞意味着什么?反腐专家、北京师范大学法学院教授、博士生导师彭新林向中国新闻周刊表示,一般在审查调查期间,对被调查人都会称同志。

他认为,通报称“同志”“违纪违法”,表明肖亚庆的问题在处理上应该不会按照第四种形态进行处理,可能会按照第三种形态处理。

《中国共产党党内监督条例》第七条显示,党内监督必须把纪律挺在前面,运用监督执纪“四种形态”,经常开展批评和自我批评、约谈函询,让“红红脸、出出汗”成为常态;党纪轻处分、组织调整成为违纪处理的大多数;党纪重处分、重大职务调整的成为少数;严重违纪涉嫌违法立案审查的成为极少数。

按此条例,彭新林所说的第三种形态,指的是“党纪重处分、重大职务调整的成为少数”。第四种形态,则指的是“严重违纪涉嫌违法立案审查的成为极少数”。

未入选二十大代表名单

7月28日,新华社发布消息,7月19日,中国共产党中央和国家机关代表会议选举产生出席党的二十大代表293名。在媒体公布的二十大代表名单中,未见肖亚庆的名字。他曾是中共十六大、十七大、十八大、十九大代表。

另外,作为工信部部长,肖亚庆近日缺席了多场重要活动。

他最近在工信部官网“露面”是月初。7月6日,第八届金砖国家通信部长会议以视频方式举行,工业和信息化部部长肖亚庆主持会议。

工信部官网7月7日发布消息,近日,工业和信息化部党组书记、部长肖亚庆,为部机关党员干部讲授专题党课。他在讲课时提到,工业和信息化系统党员干部,要不折不扣贯彻落实党中央决策部署,扛起发展制造业的历史责任,并要求部系统党员干部筑牢拒腐防变防线。

更早前6月30日,全国工业和信息化系统人才工作电视电话会议在京召开。工业和信息化部党组书记、部长肖亚庆出席会议并讲话。

资料显示,肖亚庆,1959年9月生,河北新乐人,工学博士学位,教授级高级工程师,第十九届中央委员,早年在中南矿冶学院学习,毕业后到东北轻合金加工厂工作,从工程师起步走到省部级高位。

他早年工作经历主要集中在国企,曾任东北轻合金有限责任公司总经理,西南铝加工厂厂长,西南铝业(集团)有限责任公司董事长、总经理,中国铝业公司总经理、党组书记等职。2009年2月出任国务院副秘书长。七年后,2016年1月肖亚庆转任国务院国资委主任、党委副书记,2019年5月任国家市场监督管理总局局长、党组书记,一年两个月后,2020年7月底他被调往工信部任职,至如今落马。

“我觉得小事积累起来就是大事”

肖亚庆的仕途中,几个节点值得关注。2004年执掌中铝总部后,他主导了一系列中铝并购,任内中铝于2008年进入世界500强。

一位曾在中铝总部供职的人士曾对媒体表示,肖亚庆“注重细节、情商很高、谨慎低调”。肖在会见客人时,经常对会议室灯光、空调甚至是打什么领带这样的细节都会想到并过问。

对此,肖亚庆自己也不讳言,曾说,“我觉得小事积累起来就是大事,出的问题全是细节,这些例子太多了,现在说细节决定成败,眼前的事都管不好,这么大公司能管好吗?”

2016年肖亚庆履新国务院国有资产监督管理委员会主任,从曾经的国企经营者变成了国资监管者。这期间,他力推多项改革举措,包括主导多起央企重组及去产能攻坚战。

不过,有关国资领域腐败问题也引发关注。2021年5月,中央纪委国家监委网站刊文《国资除蠹》介绍,近年来有11个省级国资委主任被查落马。文中提到,一些国资监管者却将其职权当成疯狂敛财的“资本”,由国有资产“守门员”堕落为国资蛀虫。

2019年5月,肖亚庆任国家市场监督管理总局局长、党组书记。总局的职责是负责市场综合监督管理,规范和维护市场秩序。此外还负责组织查处重大违法案件,负责反垄断统一执法等。

2020年5月,中央第二巡视组巡视国家市场监督管理总局党组工作动员会召开。肖亚庆当时说,要全力配合中央巡视组完成好巡视这一重大政治任务,不折不扣执行中央巡视有关规定和工作纪律,自觉接受政治监督,实事求是汇报工作,全面客观反映情况。

在巡视组进驻两个月后,2020年7月底,肖亚庆调任工信部。同年8月,中央第二巡视组向国家市场监督管理总局党组反馈巡视情况。巡视组反馈说,全面从严治党责任压力传导不够到位,下属单位和协会学会管理不够规范,形式主义、官僚主义问题仍然存在;中央巡视、审计发现问题整改推进不够有力。

同时,巡视组还收到反映一些领导干部的问题线索,已按有关规定转中央纪委国家监委、中央组织部等有关方面处理。

来源:中国新闻周刊  作者:佟西中  编辑:陈周滢

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

After retirement translated, with wife Jessie, Liao Yiwu's 2019 "Bullets and Opium", and have been studying things 格物致知. Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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