|Secretary General of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
July 2015 – September 2022
|15 November 1958
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
|Chinese Communist Party
Yang Xiaochao (Chinese: 杨晓超; born 15 November 1958) is a Chinese politician and senior auditor who spent most of his career in Beijing. Since July 2015, he has served as the Secretary General of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (minister-rank).
Yang was born in November 1958 in Nanjing. In 1977 he took part in rural labour in Pinggu County, Beijing, then went on to attend school at Beijing Economics College (later Capital University of Economics and Business), where he majored in accounting. He then joined the finance department of the city of Beijing, and worked his way up the ranks, until 1994 when he was named deputy director of taxation of Beijing.
In November 2002, he was named auditor general of Beijing, then in February 2008, the head of the city's finance department. In July 2013 he became vice mayor of Beijing, then he was elevated to the municipal Party Standing Committee in August 2014, and took on the position of Secretary of the Beijing Political and Legal Affairs Commission. In July 2015 he was promoted to Secretary General of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (minister-rank).
Yang's elevation to the secretary-generalship was seen as unusual since he was promoted from a regional to national level office. He also joined the agency during the height of the anti-corruption campaign. Moreover, he was elevated from a vice-minister-level position to a minister-level position in a mere two years, which is unusual in Chinese politics.