Wang Chen
王晨
Wang Chen in 2018
First-ranked Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
Assumed office
18 March 2018
ChairmanLi Zhanshu
Preceded byLi Jianguo
Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
In office
15 March 2013 – 18 March 2018
ChairmanZhang Dejiang
Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
In office
5 March 2013 – 17 March 2018
Preceded byLi Jianguo
Succeeded byYang Zhenwu
Director of the State Council Information Office
In office
2008–2013
Preceded byCai Wu
Succeeded byCai Mingzhao
Personal details
Born (1950-12-02) 2 December 1950 (age 70)
Beijing, People’s Republic of China
Political partyCommunist Party of China

Wang Chen (Chinese: 王晨; pinyin: Wáng Chén; born 2 December 1950) is a Chinese journalist and politician. He served as Director of State Council Information Office from 2008 to 2013, and currently serves as the Secretary-General of the 12th National People's Congress Standing Committee.[1]

Career

Wang was born in Beijing in 1950. He served in Guangming Daily Agency for many years, and became the editor in chief of that newspaper in 1995. In June 2000 he was appointed as Deputy Director of Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In August 2001, he became the Editor in Chief of People's Daily. In October of same year, he became vice chairman of China National Journalist Association. He was promoted to president of People's Daily Agency. In March 2003, he became the chairman of Chinese Newspapers Association. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Director of the Information Office of the State Council. He was appointed Director of the newly created State Internet Information Office under the Information Office in May 2011.[2]

He is a member of the 19th CCP Politburo. He was also a member of the 16th, 17th and 18th CCP Central Committees, and a member of the 9th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

U.S. sanctions

On December 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on the entire body of 14 Vice Chairpersons of the National People's Congress of China, including Wang Chen, for "undermining Hong Kong's autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly."[3]

Despite these sanctions, the American Chamber of Commerce in China hosted Wang at its annual appreciation dinner on December 10, 2020, which stirred controversy and criticism in the U.S.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ "王晨简历". xinhuanet.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  2. ^ "China Vitae : Biography of Wang Chen". chinavitae.com. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hong Kong-related Designations". December 7, 2020. Archived from the original on December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "China Sends Sanctioned Official to AmCham Dinner in Beijing". Bloomberg News. December 10, 2020. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "McCaul Statement on AmCham China Hosting Sanctioned CCP Official at Appreciation Gala - Committee on Foreign Affairs". United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs. 11 December 2020. Archived from the original on 11 December 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.