Wang Jianping 王建平
Arrested August 2016 for corruption
Former Commander of People’s Armed Police/Member of Tibet Work Leading Group, Served in Tibet.
Pronunciation: Wong Jeeyen-ping Wang Jianping
Born: 1953 in Hebei.
Career: Joined the army at age of 16. Commander of the TAR People’s Armed Police from 1996 to 2000. Commander, People’s Armed Police December 2009 to 2014.
Prospects: Member of the 18th CPC Central Committee. Deputy Chief of General staff of PLA. Unclear whether present position is a demotion.
Relevance to Tibet: Former Member of Tibet Work Leading Group, Commander of People’s Armed Police, Served in Tibet.
Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:
Member, 18th CPC, Central Committee.
On 25 August General Wang Jianping was arrested and charged with violating Communist Party discipline. Forbes said this was the first time an active ranking military official has been brought down. The South China Morning Post reported that Wang was an ally of disgraced leader Zhou Yongkang.
As Commander of the PAP, Wang joined the Tibet Working Group on Tibet and is likely to have attended the 5th Work Forum.
Like his PAP predecessor Wu Shuangzhan, Wang had experience of holding office in a military region. He had been commander of a division under a group army in the Shenyang Military Region and later served as commander of the PAP Tibet Division (a position at the rank of deputy army commander), PAP deputy chief of staff, and PAP chief of staff. In 1997 Wang Jianping was promoted to the police rank of PAP major general when Wu Shuangzhan was promoted to PAP lieutenant general. He was promoted to the police rank of PAP lieutenant general in 2007 (China News Agency).
The Want China Times cited Wang Jianping’s removal from Head of the PAP as indicative of “Xi’s campaign to eradicate the lasting influence of Zhou Yongkang”.
- Claude Arpi writes: “General Wang is one of Hu’s (Jintao’s) favorites. The new rising star was elevated twice in 2009 — from PAP chief of staff to Vice-Commander, and now Commander. But oh! surprise, he also served as Commander of the Tibet Autonomous Region.”
Background on PAP:
Since October 2009, Hu Jintao has brought about the largest shakeup in PAP leadership since it was created in 1983. (Similar shakeup in military and security forces.) Willy Lam writes that Hu had two reasons: to raise operational levels in the face of expected continuing socio-political instability [estimated 80-90,000 protests per year] and to ensure loyalty to him and his Youth League faction.
Observation from “Building a Modern Military: The Economic Crisis and its Impact on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army”—Feb. 2009 Kristen Gunness, China Advisor, U.S. Department of the Navy, The Brookings Institution. “Although the Party has put resources into better training for the PAP and other domestic security forces, the lackluster performance of these organizations in some cases has called their competency into question. A recent example is the March 2008 pre-Olympic riots in Tibet, during which the Public Security and PAP forces apparently lost control of parts of Lhasa and the PLA were forced to become involved. In addition, the Party recently issued new PLA training materials for handling unrest and other domestic stability issues, further indicating that the Chinese military could potentially have a more robust role in this area.”
Wang Jianping’s Contact Information:
- Address: People’s Armed Police Garrison Headquarters, 3rd Western Flag, Haiyang area, Beijing (source: Wikipedia)
- Website: No informtion
- Phone: No information
- Fax: No information
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