Zhao Haiyan
Communist Party Secretary of Sanmenxia
In office
August 2015 – August 2016
Preceded byYang Shuping
Succeeded byLiu Nanchang
Mayor of Sanmenxia
In office
July 2011 – August 2015
Preceded byYang Shuping
Succeeded byAn Wei
Communist Party Secretary of Yima
In office
March 2001 – August 2002
Succeeded byZhang Yinghuan
Magistrate of Mianchi County
In office
May 2000 – March 2001
Personal details
BornFebruary 1963 (age 61)
Huixian, Henan, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
SpouseZhang Jin
Alma materChina University of Political Science and Law
Tsinghua University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Zhao Haiyan (Chinese: 赵海燕; born February 1963) is a former Chinese politician who spent most of her career in her home-province Henan. She was investigated by the Chinese Communist Party's anti-graft agency in July 2016. Previously she served as Communist Party Secretary of Sanmenxia.


Zhao was born in February 1963 in Huixian, Henan. She entered the China University of Political Science and Law in September 1980, majoring in law, where she graduated in July 1984. After graduation, she entered politics as a civil servant in Henan Provincial Women's Federation. Zhao also studied at Tsinghua University from September 2005 to July 2007 as a part-time student.

In October 1998 she was promoted to become deputy party chief of Mianchi County, and concurrently served as magistrate in May 2000.

She was party chief of Yima in March 2001, and held that office until August 2002.

In August 2002, she was appointed the vice-mayor of Xinxiang, she remained in that position until October 2008, when she was transferred to Jiaozuo and appointed vice-mayor there.

She became deputy party chief of Sanmenxia in May 2011, and concurrently served as mayor of the city in July 2011, in August 2015 she was promoted again to become party chief, the top political position in the city, and served until August 2016.[1][2] During her tenure, although she has held the position for only one year, she adjusted over one hundred positions of her subordinates. Some of the people who were close to her were promoted.[3] So the folk called her "Secretary of Selling Official Position" (卖官书记).[4][5]


On July 16, 2016, Zhao was suspected of "serious violations of discipline", said one-sentence statement issued by the ruling Communist Party's corruption watchdog body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).[6] On August 24, she removed from public office. On December 25, she was removed from membership of the National People's Congress, the national legislature of the People's Republic of China.

On June 6, 2018, Zhao's husband Zhang Jin (张锦; born 1956), who formerly served as director of the Bureau of Geology and Mineral Exploration in Henan, was put under investigation for alleged "serious violations of discipline and laws."[7]

On November 30, 2018, she was sentenced 11 years in prison for bribery. She was charged with accepting bribes worth 10.25 million yuan by the Intermediate People's Court of Zhengzhou.[8]


  1. ^ "Yangshao culture's tour in Taiwan". Chinadaily. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Sanmenxia opens doors for tourism and culture festivals". Chinadaily. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ 这位女市委书记被中组部曝光 她卖官的方式很特别. sina (in Chinese). 2018-05-11.
  4. ^ "卖官书记"赵海燕被查:下属送百万现金获提拔. china.com (in Chinese). 2018-05-11.
  5. ^ "卖官书记"赵海燕受贿细节:下属送百万现金获提拔. 163.com (in Chinese). 2018-05-10.
  6. ^ 国资委综合局局长刘南昌调任三门峡市委书记 前任赵海燕已落马. 163.com (in Chinese). 2016-08-24.
  7. ^ 一对夫妻两个贪官:三门峡卖官书记赵海燕正厅级官员丈夫张锦同被查. Sohu (in Chinese). 2018-06-06.
  8. ^ Zhong Yuhao (钟煜豪) (1 December 2018). "卖官书记"赵海燕索取收受1025万 一审获刑11年. 163.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 24 October 2019.
Government offices Preceded byYang Shuping (杨树平) Mayor of Sanmenxia 2011–2015 Succeeded byAn Wei (安伟) Party political offices Preceded byYang Shuping (杨树平) Communist Party Secretary of Sanmenxia 2015–2016 Succeeded byLiu Nanchang (刘南昌)