Wei Jianxing--
Standing Committee Member
of CPC Politburo

Wei Jianxing, 66, was elected a member of theStanding Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee ofthe Communist Party of China (CPC) at the First Plenum of the 15th PartyCentral Committee held in Beijing yesterday.

Wei was a member of the Political Bureau of the14th CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Central Commissionfor Discipline Inspection. Discipline inspection has been the focus ofhis work over the past five years.

After taking the helm of the CPC Central Commissionfor Discipline Inspection, Wei put forward a new principle for disciplineinspection: to make education the base, the legal system the guarantee,and supervision the key.

Under the guidance of this principle, anti-corruptionefforts have yielded fruitful results. The uncovering of a number of majorcases, including that of Chen Xitong, a former member of the CPC Politburo,has been widely acclaimed by the general public.

Born in January 1931 in Xinchang County of EastChina's Zhejiang Province, Wei joined the Party in March 1949. A graduateof Dalian Engineering Institute in Northeast China's Liaoning Province,he acquired the technical title of senior engineer.

From 1949 to 1952, he studied at the Machine-BuildingDepartment of Dalian Engineering Institute.

Between 1952 and 1953, he studied Russian at atraining class in Fushun city sponsored by the Nonferrous Metal Administrationunder the Northeast China Industrial Department. From 1953 to 1955, helearned business management in the then Soviet Union.

From 1955 to 1966, he worked in the NortheastLight Alloys Processing Factory, where he served as a standing committeemember of the factory Party Committee. Between 1966 and 1970 he fell victimto the "cultural revolution" (1966-76), stripped of all his postsand forced to work in factory workshops.

From 1970 to 1980 his leading position in thefactory was restored. He served successively as head of the productiondivision, vice-chairman of the factory Revolutionary Committee, standingcommittee member of the factory Party Committee, deputy secretary of thefactory Party Committee, and director and Party secretary of the factory.

Between 1980 and 1981, he studied in a trainingclass for young and middle-aged cadres at the Party School of the CPC CentralCommittee, and served as deputy secretary of the Municipal Party Committeeand mayor of Harbin in Heilongjiang Province from 1981 to 1983.

Between 1983 and 1984, he was vice-president,member of the secretariat and deputy secretary of the leading Party groupof the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. From 1984 to 1985, he servedas deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee;from 1985 to 1987, he was head of the department. From 1987 to 1992, heserved as minister of Supervision and secretary of the leading Party groupin the ministry.

Starting in 1993, Wei also served concurrentlyas president of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. Under his leadership,trade unions at all levels across the country have unswervingly carriedout the Party's basic principle of relying whole-heartedly on the workingclass, and have played a more active role in safeguarding workers' rightsand interests, thus giving full scope to the workers' initiative and creativity.

When the corruption case of Chen Xitong was exposedin 1995, Wei was appointed secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee.He made many grassroots investigations and took a series of resolute actions,quickly restoring the city's work to its original vigour and vitality.While being a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committeesince 1992, Wei also served as a member of the Secretariat of the PartyCentral Committee. He was also an alternate member and member of the 12thCPC Central Committee and member of the 13th and 14th CPC central committees.