The South China Morning Post reported on June 24 that Wang Xiaohong, 64, was promoted to minister of public security to oversee policing, replacing the retired Zhao Kezhi.
Wang Xiaohong is Xi Jinping’s close ally.
The move is a significant reshuffle of central and local governments in preparation for the upcoming congress of the ruling Communist Party, which will be held later this year.
According to China’s public info, Wang Xiaohong was born in 1957, a Fuzhou, Fujian native. Wang worked in Fujian in the early years. He ranked up to Fujian’s deputy chief of public security in 2002 when President Xi Jinping was Fujian’s No 2 official as governor. A Beijing source said Wang was also responsible for Xi’s personal security at that time.
Wang was promoted to Beijing’s chief of police when Xi Jinping rose to become party leader in 2012. Wang then quickly stepped up to China’s deputy minister of public security in 2016.
China’s public security ministry used to be in charge of all of China’s police forces, investigating white-collar crimes, keeping an eye on the internet, and cracking down on “cults” that Beijing sees as a threat to the ruling regime.
According to Chinese media Da Ji Yuan, the China regime’s power includes army and security forces.
Leader Xi Jinping has been a party leader for ten years, and he is still fighting against old political gangs to take control of the two above-mentioned forces.
Talking to Da Ji Yuan, Zhao Yuanming, a former lecturer at the Law Department of China Public Security University, revealed that leader Xi Jinping needs to take control of the entire public security system to keep himself re-elected at the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
With Wang Xiaohong’s promotion, Xi Jinping achieved his goal of taking over the entire security force.