Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This Is China's and Chinese President Xi Jinping's New Spy Master

Wang Xiaohong, head of Department of Public Security of Henan province, is pictured in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China January 17, 2014. Picture taken January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Reuters: Exclusive: Xi confidant set to become China's new spy master - sources

BEIJING (Reuters) - A vice minister of public security, a close confidant of President Xi Jinping, is tipped to take over as China’s spy master, five sources said, as the country looks to clean up its security apparatus and plug intelligence gaps.

China has poured billions of yuan into domestic security, but the secretive Ministry of State Security and the Ministry of Public Security in recent years have been hit with high-level corruption scandals and intelligence failings.

Wang Xiaohong, 60, a vice minister of public security, will replace Chen Wenqing as minister of state security during the session of parliament which begins on March 5, three sources with ties to the leadership and two foreign diplomats said.

Chen, 58, will become the country’s top prosecutor after a little more than a year as minister of state security, three of the sources said. The ministry is responsible for counter-intelligence, foreign intelligence and national security.

The change of guard is part of a broader cabinet reshuffle during the two-week parliamentary session.

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WNU Editor: How close is China's new spymaster is to the Chinese President? He is this close .....

.... “They are very close,” a source with leadership ties said. “Wang Xiaohong used to help look after Xi Jinping’s daughter.”

1 comment:

jimbrown said...

His baby sitter? Nice promotion.