Yang Dongliang
Director of the State Administration of Work Safety
In office
December 2012 – August 2015
Preceded byLuo Lin
Succeeded byYang Huanning
Vice-Mayor of Tianjin
In office
March 2001 – May 2012
MayorHuang Xingguo
Personal details
BornJanuary 1954 (age 67–68)
Qing County, Hebei, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party (expelled)
ChildrenSon: Yang Hui
Alma materBeijing Petroleum Management Cadre Institute
Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party
China University of Political Science and Law

Yang Dongliang (simplified Chinese: 杨栋梁; traditional Chinese: 楊棟樑; pinyin: Yáng Dòngliáng; born January 1954) is a former Chinese politician who spent most of his career in the city of Tianjin in northern China. He has successively served as the vice mayor of Tianjin, and the Director of the State Administration of Work Safety.[1] In August 2015, he was put under investigation by the Communist Party's anti-corruption agency.[2] Yang was a member of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party; he was the sixth member of the committee to be investigated for wrongdoing following the 18th Party Congress.


Yang was born and brought in Qing County, Hebei.[1] He began work in October 1972 as an oil drill worker, and joined the Chinese Communist Party in December 1973.[1]

From 1972 onwards, he assumed various posts in North China Petroleum Battle Command (华北石油会战指挥部; now PetroChina Huabei Oilfield Company), a state-controlled oil company which was renamed North China Petroleum Administration (华北石油管理局) in 1983.[1] He served as its Deputy Communist Party Secretary from June 1983 to September 1987.[1]

From September 1985 to September 1987 he studied at Beijing Petroleum Management Cadre Institute, majoring in engineering administration.[1] From September 1995 to January 1998 he studied at Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party, majoring in political economics.[1] He obtained a doctorate in laws from China University of Political Science and Law in January 2007.[1]

In March 2011, he rose to become Vice-Mayor of Tianjin.[1]

In May 2012 he was promoted again to become the director of the State Administration of Work Safety, with the rank of a cabinet minister; in November of that year, following the 18th Party Congress, he became a member of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.[1]

On August 12, 2015, shortly after the a series of deadly explosions in Tianjin, Yang Dongliang accompanied State Councilor and Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun to Tianjin, where he had worked before his transfer, as part of an emergency response team. Yang spent the next few days in Tianjin working around the clock to manage the response. On August 18, however, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced that he was under investigation for serious violation of laws and discipline; it was not clear if the investigation was linked to the events in Tianjin.[3] Yang was the sixth full member of the 18th Central Committee to be investigated for wrongdoing.

On October 16, 2015, Yang was expelled from the Communist Party. The investigation accused Yang of a litany of offenses, including "violating political discipline and political rules, taking part in non-organizational activities," obstructing and interfering with the investigation, attempting to influence the work placement and promotion of his son, promoting individuals in violation of regulations, "illegally occupying public property", "changing his itinerary while on foreign trips", "wasting public funds," "taking part in very expensive entertainment activities", "using vehicles that violated regulations", "taken gifts, and cash", "violating housing regulations".[4]

On February 21, 2017, Yang was sentenced on 15 years in prison for taking bribes worth 28.49 million yuan (~$4.14 million) and plundering the public treasury worth 270,000 yuan (~$39,000) by the Second Intermediate People's Court in Beijing.[5]

Personal life

Yang Dongliang's son, Yang Hui (杨晖), who served as general manager of Ideological and Political Department of CNOOC Gas and Power Group (中海石油气电集团有限责任公司思想政治部总经理), was also detained for investigation on August 18, 2015.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 国家安监总局局长杨栋梁接受组织调查. QQ.com (in Chinese). 2015-08-18.
  2. ^ "Head of State Administration of Work Safety probed". China.rog.cn. August 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "China's work safety chief detained for alleged graft in midst of Tianjin blast fallout". South China Morning Post. 2015-08-18.
  4. ^ "河北省委原书记、省人大常委会原主任周本顺,国家安全生产监督管理总局原党组书记、局长杨栋梁严重违纪被开除党籍和公职". Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "China jails former head of safety watchdog for 15 years for graft". Reuters. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ 安监总局局长杨栋梁被查,其子在天津被带走调查. Cpd.com.cn (in Chinese). 2015-08-19.
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