Wang Zhigang
王志刚
Wang Zhigang and Paul Boyle in London, on 16 April 2012.
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
19 March 2018 – 24 October 2023
PremierLi Keqiang
Li Qiang
Preceded byWan Gang
Succeeded byYin Hejun
General Manager of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation
In office
September 2003 – April 2011
Preceded byLü Xinkui (吕新奎)
Succeeded byLiu Liehong (刘烈宏)
Personal details
BornOctober 1957 (age 66)
Dingyuan County, Anhui, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materXidian University
Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party

Wang Zhigang (Chinese: 王志刚; born October 1957) is a Chinese information engineer who served as the Minister of Science and Technology from 2018 to 2023. Previously, he served as general manager of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, a state-owned military industrial complex.

Biography

Wang was born in Dingyuan County, Anhui in October 1957. In January 1976, during the late Down to the Countryside Movement, he was a sent-down youth in Changshan Commune of Chuzhou. In October 1978 he was accepted to Xidian University and graduated in July 1982.[1]

After graduation, he assigned to the Ministry of Electronics Industry as an engineer. He spent 14 years working there before serving as general manager of China National Software. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in December 1986. In February 1999 he was promoted to become the vice-president of CAEIT, a position he held until January 2002. In January 2002 he became the deputy general manager of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, rising to general manager in September 2003. In April 2011, he was appointed vice-minister of Science and Technology, he remained in that position until March 2018, when he was elevated to the Minister position.[1][2][3]

He was a member of the 19th CPC Central Committee and the 18th CPC Central Committee.[4] He was also a member of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.[5]

On 7 October 2023, he was succeeded by Yin Hejun as the Communist Party secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology.[6] On 24 October, he was succeeded by Yin as the minister of Science and Technology.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b 王志刚出任科学技术部部长. ce.cn (in Chinese). 2018-03-19.
  2. ^ "China's new cabinet members endorsed". Chinadaily. 2018-03-19.
  3. ^ 科技部新任部长王志刚首次亮相 将让中国科技为世界作出贡献. CRI (in Chinese). 2018-03-19.
  4. ^ 十九大受权发布:中国共产党第十九届中央委员会委员名单. xinhuanet (in Chinese). 2017-10-24.
  5. ^ 中央国家机关选举产生186名出席党的十九大代表(名单). ce.cn (in Chinese). 2017-07-10.
  6. ^ Peng, Dannie (9 October 2023). "China names new science ministry chief to help lead hi-tech self-reliance drive". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 9 October 2023.
  7. ^ Jiang, Chenglong (24 October 2023). "Yin Hejun appointed as minister of science and technology". China Daily. Retrieved 24 October 2023.
Business positions Preceded byLü Xinkui (吕新奎) General Manager of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 2003–2011 Succeeded byLiu Liehong (刘烈宏) Government offices Preceded byWan Gang Minister of Science and Technology 2018–2023 Succeeded byYin Hejun