Wei Jianxing, was elected a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the First Plenum of the 15th Party Central Committee held in Beijing.
Wei was a member of the Political Bureau of the 14th CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Discipline inspection has been the focus of his work over the past five years.
After taking the helm of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Wei put forward a new principle for discipline inspection: to make education the base, the legal system the guarantee,and supervision the key.
Under the guidance of this principle, anti-corruption efforts have yielded fruitful results. The uncovering of a number of major cases, 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 East China'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-Building Department of Dalian Engineering Institute.
Between 1952 and 1953, he studied Russian at atraining class in Fushun city sponsored by the Nonferrous Metal Administration under the Northeast China Industrial Department. From 1953 to 1955, he learned business management in the then Soviet Union.
From 1955 to 1966, he worked in the Northeast Light Alloys Processing Factory, where he served as a standing committee member of the factory Party Committee. Between 1966 and 1970 he fell victim to the "cultural revolution" (1966-76), stripped of all his posts and forced to work in factory workshops.
From 1970 to 1980 his leading position in the factory was restored. He served successively as head of the production division, vice-chairman of the factory Revolutionary Committee, standing committee member of the factory Party Committee, deputy secretary of the factory Party Committee, and director and Party secretary of the factory.
Between 1980 and 1981, he studied in a training class for young and middle-aged cadres at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, and served as deputy secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and 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 group of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. From 1984 to 1985, he served as 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, he served as minister of Supervision and secretary of the leading Party groupin the ministry.
Starting in 1993, Wei also served concurrently as president of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. Under his leadership,trade unions at all levels across the country have unswervingly carried out the Party's basic principle of relying whole-heartedly on the working class, and have played a more active role in safeguarding workers' rights and interests, thus giving full scope to the workers' initiative and creativity.
When the corruption case of Chen Xitong was exposed in 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 12th CPC Central Committee and member of the 13th and 14th CPC central committees.