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"Pragmatic and Dedicated"

    - Wang Qishan, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee

August 30, 2004: Wang Qishan holds the Olympic flag at the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games. Xinhua

From "educated youth" working in the countryside to a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Wang Qishan won fame for his success averting the Guangdong Province financial crisis, fighting SARS in Beijing and addressing the global financial crisis and European debt crisis. Also he oversaw much of the organization of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2010 Shanghai Expo. At different positions and events, Wang has demonstrated complete devotion and displayed the same style: tough, resolute and confident when facing difficulties.

"The ethics of the Party determines its survival or demise," Wang declared at a symposium on November 30, 2012, a half month after his appointment to his new role as secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China's top disciplinary watchdog on corruption. "In the fight against corruption, we can not achieve our goal with one stroke. We must convince the public that we are making greater concrete efforts and delivering more and more powerful blows." At the symposium, Wang asked his guests to forgo empty formulas and get straight to the point. He also encouraged them to forget prepared speeches in favor of sharing astute insight.

"We need deep thought, field research and ultimately institutional innovation," remarked Wang. "Trust cannot replace supervision. We cannot overuse the trust and credibility of our Party." Also he exclaimed that "we must establish a royal, reliable and righteous supervisory team that serves the people."