25 November 2020.
Chinese authorities have announced that a long-time colleague of Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan is under investigation for corruption and suspected of serious corruption.
After graduating from the Renmin University of China, he joined as the secretary of Bo Yibo, the then vice chairman of the Central Advisory Commission. In 1992, he was appointed assistant mayor of Foshan, Guangdong. One year later, he became deputy director and then director of the Institute of Cotemporary China Studies. In March 2006 he became deputy director of the Party Documents Research Office of CPC Central Committee.
Dong had a long-term working relationship with Wang Qishan beginning in 1998, sharing stints in Guangdong, Hainan and Beijing, and at the now defunct State Council General Office of Economic Reform.
After Wang Qishan became Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Dong Hong became a senior disciplinary inspector until 2017.
Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection said in a one-line statement that Dong was “suspected serious violation of laws and party rule”. No other information on his wrong-doing in known as of now. Dong could be genuinely involved in serious corruption like taking bribes while serving in the central inspection groups.
Some analysts speculate that Dong Hong’s fall could be attributed to a possible “Xi-Wang split.” This is not a likely scenario. Although Dong Hong worked under Wang, he was not a close confidant of Wang.