The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the State Supervision Commission on March 1 announced a probe into Wang Dawei, Vice Governor of Liaoning Province and Director of the Provincial Public Security Department.

Caixin noted that Wang was still making frequent public appearances a week before the probe announcement. However, the last time he emerged was on Feb. 25, with Liaoning Daily reporting that he attended the Liaoning Province’s work conference on combating and managing new types of telecommunication network crimes.

Although he has not yet been charged, his investigation marked the potential downfall of a third consecutive security department director in Liaoning province since 2002. The previous two were Li Wenxi (from May 2002 to March 2011) and Xue Heng (from March 2011 to March 2013). Li Wenxi was charged for illegally accepting properties of significant value, whereas Xu Heng was found guilty of selling official titles, wantonly interfering in judicial and market economic activities.

According to public information, Wang Dawei, 58, is a native of Wangkui, Heilongjiang Province.

The official website of the Liaoning Provincial Public Security Department shows that Wang is responsible for public security, justice, anti-smuggling, letters, visits, etc. He is also in charge of the Provincial Public Security Department, the Judicial Department, and the Bureau of Letters and Visits of the provincial government. Wang is in contact with the provincial courts and procuratorates, the Security Department, the Dalian Maritime Court, and the Law Society. He served as the “top leader” of the Liaoning Provincial Public Security Bureau for nine years.

In 2017, he was appointed to the Deputy Governor of Liaoning Province, Secretary of the Party Committee, and Director of the Provincial Public Security Department.

Since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017, 11 senior officials of the public security system have been targeted by Beijing’s anti-graft campaign.

The far-reaching anti-corruption probe is expected to end by the first quarter of 2022.

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