Zhang Qi (politician, born 1961)

Zhang Qi
张琦
Communist Party Secretary of Haikou
In office
November 2016 – September 2019
Preceded bySun Xinyang
Succeeded byHe Zhongyou
Communist Party Secretary of Sanya
In office
October 2014 – November 2016
Preceded byJiang Sixian
Succeeded byYan Zhaojun
Communist Party Secretary of Danzhou
In office
February 2010 – October 2014
Preceded byDing Shanqing
Succeeded byYan Zhaojun
Mayor of Danzhou
In office
August 2008 – February 2010
Preceded byGuo Quanmao
Succeeded byLi Jianghua
Personal details
BornMarch 1961 (age 59)
Shou County, Anhui, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China (1983–2020; expelled)
ResidenceHaikou, Hainan, China
Alma materHainan Normal University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Zhang Qi (Chinese: 张琦; pinyin: Zhāng Qí; born March 1961) is a former Chinese politician who spent most of his career in Hainan province. He was investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI - the party's internal disciplinary body) and the National Supervisory Commission, the highest anti-corruption agency of China, in September 2019. Previously he served as Party chief of Haikou, capital of Hainan province. Zhang is the first senior official who was placed under investigation in Hainan since the Communist Party of China's 19th National Congress in late 2017 and the fourth incumbent provincial level official was sacked for graft since then.[1][2][3]

Biography[]

Zhang was born in Shou County, Anhui, in March 1961. After the Resumption of College Entrance Examination, he was accepted to Hainan Normal University, where he majored in mathematics. After graduation, he worked as secretary of Communist Youth League of China there.[1][2][3]

In October 1991, he was transferred to Haikou, capital of Hainan province, and became an official in Hainan Provincial Government. In February 2003 he was promoted to become vice-mayor of Haikou, a position he held until May 2006, when he was appointed head of Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau. He was mayor and deputy party chief of Danzhou in August 2008, and 14 months later promoted to the Party chief position. He became the Party chief of Sanya in October 2014, and served until November 2016. He was Party chief of Haikou in November 2016, and held that office until September 2019, when he was placed under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), the party's internal disciplinary body, and the National Supervisory Commission, the highest anti-corruption agency of China.[1][2][3][4]

Investigation and arrested[]

In September 2019, he was investigated for "suspected serious violations of disciplinary rules and laws" by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), and the National Supervisory Commission.[3] Police found 13.5 tonnes of gold hidden in his home during an anti-corruption raid. In addition to the gold, inspectors also discovered 268 billion yuan (£30 billion) in suspected bribes in his bank account, which would make him the richest man in China.[5][6][7] On March 4, 2020, Zhang has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public offices.[8]

References[]

  1. ^ a b c 海口市委书记张琦落马 [Zhang Qi, party chief of Haikou, has been placed under investigation]. qq.com (in Chinese). 2019-09-06.
  2. ^ a b c Liu Guangbo (刘光博), ed. (2019-09-06). 海南省委常委海口市委书记张琦被查 [Zhang Qi, party chief of Haikou and Standing Committee member of CPC Hainan Provincial Committee, was placed under investigation]. sina (in Chinese).
  3. ^ a b c d "Haikou Party Boss Falls Under Graft Investigation". Caixin Global. 7 September 2019.
  4. ^ Yuan Shenggao (23 October 2018). "New wetlands help to transform tourist capital". chinadaily. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  5. ^ Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge (2 October 2019). "Cops in China find 13 tons of gold stashed in ex-mayor's cellar". New York Post.
  6. ^ "Xi's graft watchdogs are sleeping". Taipei Times. 18 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Thousands of gold bars recovered from official in China". The Express Tribune. 4 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Former senior provincial official in South China expelled from CPC, office". Chinadaily.com. 4 March 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
Government offices
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Guo Quanmao (郭全茂)
Mayor of Danzhou
2008-2010
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Li Jianghua (李江华)
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Ding Shanqing (丁尚清)
Communist Party Secretary of Danzhou
2010-2014
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Jiang Sixian (姜斯宪)
Communist Party Secretary of Sanya
2014-2016
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Yan Zhaojun (严朝君)
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Sun Xinyang (孙新阳)
Communist Party Secretary of Haikou
2016-2019
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He Zhongyou