Yang Jing
Yang in 2009
12th Secretary General of the State Council
In office
March 2013 – February 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Preceded byMa Kai
Succeeded byXiao Jie
9th Chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
In office
April 2003 – April 2008
Preceded byUyunqimg
Succeeded byBagatur
Personal details
BornDecember 1953
Jungar Banner, Suiyuan, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party

Yang Jing (Chinese: 杨晶; pinyin: Yáng Jīng; born December 1953) is a former Chinese politician of Mongol heritage. He previously served as State Councilor and Secretary-General of the State Council,[1] and the President of the Chinese Academy of Governance.[2]

Prior to his ascendance to leading roles at the State Council, he served as the Director of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission (2008-2013), and the Chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (2003-2008). Yang was one of the highest-ranking non-Han officials in the Chinese government.

Early career

Yang was born in Jungar Banner in what was Ih Ju League of Inner Mongolia near the modern city of Ordos, and is of ethnic Mongol ancestry. He worked as a teenager in a farming equipment factory. In September 1973 Yang was recommended to obtain higher education at the Inner Mongolia Industry College. He then returned to his hometown to serve in the local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organization. In 1982 Yang earned a degree in Chinese language from Inner Mongolia University.[1]

After graduating, Yang worked in the Communist Youth League as a local organizer in Ih Ju League, then chief administrator of Dalad Banner. He then went on to work in the Inner Mongolia regional bureau of statistics, then headed the Regional Bureau of Tourism.[3]

Between 1993 and 1996, Yang served as the Inner Mongolia regional chief of the Communist Youth League of China under the League's first secretary Li Keqiang, who later became Premier.[4] In 1998 Yang became CCP Committee Secretary of the regional capital, Hohhot, an office he occupied until 2003. Between 2003 and 2008 he served as the Chairman of Inner Mongolia and concurrently the region's CCP Deputy Committee Secretary, alongside CCP Committee Secretary Chu Bo. Yang shouldered major responsibility as Inner Mongolia Chairman when a turbine factory in Ulanqab League collapsed in July 2005, killing six workers.[3] He left the office in 2008 to take up his new appointment in Beijing as the head of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.[4]


Yang Jing earned a seat on the Secretariat of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2012, becoming the first ethnic-minority official to sit on the body in the party's history. Several months later at the 12th National People's Congress, Yang was appointed Secretary General of the State Council in Li Keqiang's cabinet.[5] Yang's position was also unique in that State Council Secretaries-General did not usually hold concurrent seats on the CCP Secretariat.[3] He was also the first ethnic-minority official to hold the State Council Secretary-General post.

Yang was a member of the 17th and 18th CCP Central Committees, and an alternate member of the 16th CCP Central Committee.[6] He has been named as a member of the tuanpai, an informal designation given to politicians with background in the Communist Youth League.[3]

After 19th Party Congress

In October 2017, at the 19th National Congress of the CCP, Yang Jing's name did not appear on the list of members of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. As Yang had not yet reached retirement age (he was 63), this led to speculation that Yang came under scrutiny in a party disciplinary probe and was either demoted or otherwise no longer serving in an official capacity. Some of his party posts at the State Council were taken over by Xiao Jie.[7]


On February 24, 2018, Yang Jing was placed on one-year probation within the CCP by Ai Bang Mai Ni, removal from his administrative post, and demoted from deputy state to ministerial level for violations of regulations. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Yang "have severely violated political discipline and rules and had long-term improper association with illegal business owners and social personnel".[8] The investigation found that "Yang also took advantage of his post to seek huge profits for others and accepted money and gifts through his relatives."[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Yang Jing". Xinhua. Archived from the original on March 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "official website". the Chinese Government. Archived from the original on 2017-12-26. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  3. ^ a b c d "揭秘李克强的"大秘"杨晶". Duowei News. 2013-03-17.
  4. ^ a b Choi, Chi-yuk (2013-03-08). "Mongol ally of incoming premier to become chief of State Council". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  5. ^ "NPC endorses new cabinet lineup". Archived from the original on 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  6. ^ "Biography of Yang Jing". China Vitae. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  7. ^ "杨晶去职国务院 "个人问题"被聚焦". Duowei News. 2017-11-16.
  8. ^ a b "Yang Jing punished for severe disciplinary violations". Xinhua. 2018-02-24. Archived from the original on February 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Zhuang Pinghui (24 February 2018). "Top Chinese cabinet official Yang Jing's sacking 'linked to missing billionaire Xiao Jianhua'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
Government offices Preceded byUyunqimg Chairman of Inner Mongolia 2003–2008 Succeeded byBagatur Preceded byLi Dezhu Chairman of State Ethnic Affairs Commission 2008–2013 Succeeded byWang Zhengwei Preceded byMa Kai Secretary General of the State Council 2013–2018 Succeeded byXiao Jie