China’s anti-corruption watchdog investigates former Tibet party boss Wu Yingjie

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Wu Yingjie, who spent 47 years in Tibet, including a five-year stint as the top official, faces the scrutiny of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and the National Supervisory Commission.

The 67-year-old, who now serves on the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body, is undergoing disciplinary review and investigation for “serious violations of discipline and laws”, according to a Sunday announcement published on the CCDI website.

The country’s top anti-corruption watchdog did not release details of his alleged crimes, but “serious violations of discipline and laws” is a widely used euphemism for corruption or political misdeeds.

Wu is the latest of several high-profile officials to be investigated as part of China’s anti-corruption drive. He is the eighth ministerial-level official to be taken down by the CCDI since a major political reshuffle at the 20th party congress in October 2022.

Other leading officials targeted include Shanghai legislature chief Dong Yunhu; former medical reform official Sun Zhigang; Han Yong, former chairman of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the CPPCC; former sports minister Gou Zhongwen; former justice minister Tang Yijun; agriculture minister Tang Renjian; and Li Yuefeng, executive vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League.

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The CCDI has investigated four other former high-ranking officials in Tibet over the past two years. All were subordinates of Wu during his tenure as party secretary and have been accused of various types of misconduct, ranging from undermining political discipline to abuse of power and corruption.

Wu, a native of the eastern province of Shandong, began his career in Tibet as a youth sent to support the region in 1974. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Xizang Minzu University and later earned a master’s degree from the Central Party School.

His rise through the ranks was steady, holding various positions within the education sector for two decades. He was responsible for developing and implementing education policies and handling cultural affairs.

In 2003, he became the vice-chairman of Tibet autonomous region, where he oversaw daily operations and administrative management, took part in policymaking and execution, and coordinated across departments.

His political career reached its zenith when he was appointed party secretary of Tibet in August 2016.

Since October 2021, Wu has served on China’s top political advisory body, first as deputy director of the 13th National Committee of CPPCC, and later as director of the 14th CPPCC Committee of Culture, History, and Learning.

His public appearances have been limited in recent months. His last known engagement was a research trip to the Hebei Port Group in May.

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