Fang Xiping
方西屏
Communist Party Secretary of Huainan
In office
February 2013 – August 2014
Preceded byYang Zhenchao
Succeeded byShen Qiang
Director of Anhui Department of Commerce
In office
April 2011 – February 2013
Succeeded byCao Yong
Mayor of Chizhou
In office
February 2006 – April 2011
Preceded byXie Dexin
Succeeded byZhao Xinqun
Personal details
BornOctober 1958 (age 62–63)
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Political partyCommunist Party of China (1982–2015; expelled)
RelationsFang Dongping (brother)
Alma materFudan University
Anhui Agricultural University

Fang Xiping (Chinese: 方西屏; pinyin: Fāng Xīpíng; born October 1958) is a former Chinese politician who spent most of his career in Anhui province. Between 2013 and 2014 he served as the Party Secretary of Huainan; in 2014, he was put on trial for corruption and eventually expelled from the Communist Party of China.

Although Fang is an atheist and a member of the Communist Party of China, he was said to have believed in feng shui.[1]

Early life and education

Fang was born and raised in Nanjing, Jiangsu. He took part in rural manual labour between 1976 and 1978 as a sent-down youth; he graduated from Anhui Agricultural University in September 1982, majoring in agronomy, he obtained a Master of Business Economics degree from Fudan University.

Career

He got involved in politics in September 1982 and joined the Communist Party of China in August 1982. From March 1987 to January 1988, he served as the Party Secretary of Dingyuan County.

Beginning in 1988, he served in several posts in Anhui Provincial Bureau of Land Management, including section chief, division head, and station agent. In November 1996, he became the deputy party secretary and county governor of Shucheng County, rising to Party Secretary in 1998.

In March 2000, he was appointed as deputy mayor of Lu'an, then he served as the deputy party secretary (February 2005 – February 2006). Fang then served as the deputy party secretary and mayor of Chizhou between February 2006 to April 2011.

In April 2011, he was appointed the party secretary and director of the Department of Commerce for the provincial government, he remained in that position until February 2013, when he was transferred to Huainan as the party secretary, replacing Yang Zhenchao.[2][3][4]

Downfall

On August 17, 2014, it was announced that Fang Xiping was undergoing investigation by the Party's internal disciplinary body for "serious violations of laws and regulations".[5]

On July 24, 2015, at the conclusion of the CCDI investigation, Fang was expelled from the Communist Party of China. He was accused of soliciting and taking bribes personally and through his family, and "maintaining mistress[es]".[6] On October 18, he was indicted on suspicion of accepting bribes and abusing of power. On December 17, he stood trial at the Intermediate People's Court of Ma'anshan.

On July 22, 2016, he was sentenced to twelve years and six months and fined 3.25 million yuan.[7] On August 23, his brother, Fang Dongping (方东屏), former director of the Internal Affairs and Judicial Work Committee of the Standing Committee of Hefei Municipal People's Congress, was sentenced to twelve years and fined 3.55 million yuan.[8]

References

  1. ^ 安徽淮南落马市委书记疑因风水炸掉在建五星酒店 (in Chinese)
  2. ^ Fang Xiping, director of Provincial Business Affairs Hall and his followers, accompanied by deputy mayor of City Hall and director of Commerce Bureau, inspected GYT (in English)
  3. ^ Mr. Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce of People’s Republic of China Visited Anhui Province——YongFeng Was Invited to Attend the Meeting Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine (in English)
  4. ^ 方西屏任淮南市委书记 杨振超不再担任(图|简历) (in Chinese)
  5. ^ 安徽省淮南市委书记方西屏接受组织调查 (in Chinese)
  6. ^ 安徽淮南市委原书记方西屏被"双开" 包养情妇. Chinanews. July 24, 2015.
  7. ^ 淮南市委原书记方西屏犯两罪获刑 12年半. ifeng.com. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  8. ^ 淮南落马书记方西屏胞兄方东屏利用影响力受贿,获刑12年. thepaper.cn. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
Government offices Preceded byXie Dexin Mayor of Chizhou2006–2011 Succeeded byZhao Xinqun Party political offices Preceded byYang Zhenchao Communist Party Secretary of Huainan2013–2014 Succeeded byShen Qiang